ERIC Number: ED228976
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: 0
Northern Network. Final Report. Program No. 13.680.
Threlkeld, Robert M.; And Others
This report describes the 1980-81 development of a multistate, multimedia, multi-agency audioconferencing network for human services in Maine and New Hampshire, under a grant which was designed to: (1) establish a 20-site audioconferencing network in vocational rehabilitation offices; (2) provide training and technical assistance to the agencies in actualizing the audio network; (3) pilot test an adjunct computer conferencing network; (4) develop a plan to integrate other human services agencies into the audio network; and (5) evaluate the program. The project implementation, from initial planning until completion, is described, and the quantitative evaluation results relating to user attitudes, costs, and possible travel savings are presented. A more subjective analysis summarizes experience gained in the system operation, and some generalizations are suggested concerning the introduction of such technologies into traditional, small government agencies. Appendices include the Northern Network User Guide, computer conferencing final report and evaluation, a description of the development of an audioconferencing system for the Maine Bureau of Rehabilitation and assessment of the interaction pattern of a single regular user group, a sample teleconference transcript, evaluation materials, project samples, and the Network Operator's Manual. (LMM)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - General
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Washington, DC. Office of Telecommunications.
Authoring Institution: University of Southern Maine, Portland. Human Services Development Inst.
Identifiers: Computer Communication; Maine; New Hampshire