ERIC Number: ED227747
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-May
Reference Count: 0
Communication Satellites: The Australian Debate. Occasional Paper, Number 1, May 1980.
Gough, J. E.
Open Campus, n1 May 1980
Developments concerning communication satellites and the Australian debate are outlined for the distance educator without a technological background. Social, economic, technical, and policy issues associated with the implementation of an Australian national communication satellite system were assessed in 1977 by a task force whose recommendations are included. An overview of the proposal and reactions of regional television stations, the public, and special groups are included from the text of a 1978 published report. Definitions of telecommunications terms and a summary of technical developments in other countries are also presented. Results of a survey revealed interest by the educational community in a network for continuing education. When economical service becomes available, a network may be developed that provides one-way television and two-way data to each classroom, therefore combining the features of prerecorded lectures, live interaction, and computer-managed instruction. Other applications of the system include: communication links between educational institutions originating educational television and radio programs and between educational institutions and educational centres for distance education purposes. (SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Deakin Univ., Geelong (Australia). Centre for Educational Services.
Identifiers: Australia; Distance Education