ERIC Number: ED237752
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Delivering Technical Education in Wisconsin in the Information Age.
Educational services are now, and will be in the future, delivered via many alternative technologies. In Wisconsin, a variety of video-based alternative delivery systems are being used, such as broadcast television, instructional television fixed service, cable television, interactive computer video, and satellite earth stations. The primary need of the state colleges was to acquire or develop quality video-based courses for use in these systems. To deal with this problem, a telecommunications consortium was established in 1979 through an informal agreement between the 16 Wisconsin Vocational Technical Adult Education (VTAE) districts, the Wisconsin Board of VTAE, and the Wisconsin Foundation for VTAE. Through this structure, the districts have acquired 13 video-based courses on topics such as marketing, electricity, and literacy. The cost of the materials is shared by those who participate in using them and is lowered by sales of the materials to high schools and other markets nationwide. Benefits accrued through the consortium approach include cost savings, the ability of the VTAE districts to begin delivery of courses via alternative systems, a larger market, the beginning of development of a national distributive system for VTAE-produced video-based courses, and a forum for bringing VTAE system staff together to discuss current and future alternative delivery technologies. The consortium is now installing satellite earth stations at each of its major campuses and is considering other ways to meet the educational delivery needs of the future. (KC)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Audiovisual Instruction, Consortia, Cooperative Programs, Delivery Systems, Educational Cooperation, Educational Television, Higher Education, Information Dissemination, Institutional Cooperation, Instructional Innovation, Instructional Materials, Technical Education, Technological Advancement, Telecourses, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Wisconsin Vocational Technical Adult Ed Districts
Note: Paper presented at the American Vocational Association Convention (Anaheim, CA, December 1983). Document may not reproduce well.