ERIC Number: ED230333
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Teleconferencing in Education. Evaluation of the Charlton Pilot Project (or, How the Teachers Blew Up the Charlton Bridge).
The Charlton pilot project was one of a number of trials undertaken throughout Australia to bring educational resources to isolated children. In this project, Telecom Australia provided seven small Victorian Higher School Certificate (H.S.C.) schools with two first prototype experimental devices: firstly, a small group terminal and secondly, access to an automatic teleconferencing bridge. The terminals enabled the schools to communicate in a group-to-one situation or a group-to-group situation. The automatic bridge enabled the schools to interact together in a multi-group situation. Seventeen teachers used the 2 devices with 36 high school students to teach Australian history, art, English literature, and politics. Data for evaluation were collected from logbooks; teacher and student questionnaires completed after a sample of sessions; two interviews of principals, teachers, and students; a form of participant listening; and Telecom Australia. The system was used 27 times with the bridge and 95 times without the bridge. The major contribution was to give schools access to a range of external expertise such as H.S.C. examiners, present and past politicians, and authorities on Aboriginal affairs. Of a secondary consequence was the flow of printed information to the schools and an exchange of information between the teachers using the teleconference system. (Author/AH)
Descriptors: Cost Effectiveness, Educational Assessment, Experimental Programs, Foreign Countries, Information Dissemination, Pilot Projects, Program Evaluation, Questionnaires, Rural Education, Secondary Education, Student Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes, Telecommunications, Teleconferencing, Telephone Instruction
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Country Education Project, Victoria (Australia).
Authoring Institution: Victoria Education Dept. (Australia).
Identifiers: Australia (Victoria); Isolation (Geographic)
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