ERIC Number: ED252194
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Extending Opportunity: Telidon Technology in Vocational Education.
Turnbull, Amelia Joy
A Mechanics 12 course was chosen by the Alberta Correspondence School for a field trial of computerized delivery systems of vocational education programs to small rural schools where enrollment is low and the construction of vocational laboratories is economically impractical. The Telidon videotex system, which was initially selected, is composed of a display monitor (a television set), an interface decoder device, a telecommunication system, and a central computer. Community resources were employed to allow students to complete the practical component of the course under the supervision of a local mechanic. An evaluation addressed student attitudes toward distance education as delivered via Telidon, relative student achievement, and relative program delivery costs and results. An alternative delivery system, designed to eliminate high transmission costs, was later developed by linking a Telidon terminal to an Apple II microcomputer with a single disk drive. It was piloted in the second semester of 1983-84 with a high level of success and was favorably received by students and teachers. Additional vocational education courses on electricity-electronics and building construction are also being adapted for computer assisted delivery. Two references are listed. (LMM)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Alberta; Telidon System
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the International Council for Educational Media (Banff, Alberta, Canada, October 8-9, 1984).