ERIC Number: ED244664
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-May-29
Reference Count: 0
Audio Teleconferencing: Using Old Technology to Reduce Course Delivery Costs and Improve Services to Rural Students.
Robertson, William D.
A discussion is provided of the ways in which audio teleconferencing can provide instruction to students in rural areas using the regular telephone network. After introductory material describes the benefits of audio teleconferencing (e.g., its low costs, familiar technology, and wide availability), a technical description of its operation is provided. Next, an overview is presented of the use of audio teleconferencing by 40 postsecondary institutions in Canada, and the benefits identified by users are specified. Then, a three-phase operating model is offered for those wishing to institute a new audio teleconferencing service in their institution. For each phase, objectives and necessary steps are enumerated. These objectives are, for Phase 1, to develop enough interest in audio teleconferencing to justify moving from an experimental to an initial operational delivery mode; for Phase 2, to increase revenues from external contracts and special courses to recover a significant portion of dedicated system operating costs; and for Phase 3, to institutionalize audio teleconferencing so that it is a normal component of the methods used to reach students in remote areas. Finally, cost projections for the rental and purchase of equipment and a typical operating budget for an evening continuing education program are presented. (HB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Joint Conference of the Canadian Vocational Association and the Association of Canadian Community Colleges (Vancouver, British Columbia, May 28-31, 1984).