ERIC Number: ED234761
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Nov-5
Reference Count: 0
Telidon Distance Education Field Trial. Alberta Correspondence School Mechanics 12, Telidon Project Evaluation.
Montgomerie, T. Craig
A study examined the use of Telidon, the Canadian videotex system, as a delivery vehicle for computer-based distance education in an introductory high school mechanics course. Specifically analyzed were (1) the relative educational effectiveness of Telidon, traditional correspondence, and traditional, in-school modes of instruction; (2) the computer assisted instruction (CAI) capabilities of Telidon; (3) the ability of the Telidon Viedotex System to provide and maintain data on student use; (4) the amount of training required for program developers to use the Telidon Information Provider System to generate Telidon pages; (5) the amount of training required to use Telidon terminals; and (6) the costs of developing and delivering Telidon programs. Subjects were a Telidon group, three traditional correspondence groups, and a traditional, in-school instruction group. The groups were found to be equivalent on a mechanical knowledge pretest and a mechanical reasoning aptitude test at the beginning of the course. Data were obtained through a student posttest of mechanical knowledge, interviews, document research, and a panel of experts in computer-based learning. Results indicated that the Telidon instruction was as effective as traditional correspondence and conventional in-school instruction. Sixteen recommendations, a glossary of terms, references, the Users Manual for Mechanics 12, instruments used in the evaluation study, and examples of Telidon page content are included. (Author/LMM)
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Managed Instruction, Conventional Instruction, Correspondence Study, Costs, Distance Education, Foreign Countries, Information Networks, Intermode Differences, Questionnaires, Secondary Education, Student Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes, Trade and Industrial Education, Videotex
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Alberta Dept. of Education, Edmonton. Planning and Research Branch.
Identifiers: Canada; Telidon System
Note: Prepared under contract to County of Mountain View #17.