ERIC Number: ED329249
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Spreading the Benefits of Audiographics Distance Learning. A Final Report.
Bradshaw, Dean H.; Chow, Stanley H. L.
The audiographics distance learning system (ADL) was piloted by Far West Laboratory (FWL) in 1987-1989 at four school districts in the Great Basin region of Utah. This project was designed to: (1) further develop ADL planning materials for rural schools; (2) disseminate information about ADL to regional and national audiences; and (3) provide ADL assistance to rural schools and agencies. Audiographics distance learning is a system that uses the telephone, computer networking, and telefax transfer of materials to connect students in one or more secondary schools with a teacher in another school, creating interactive classroom instruction. Students and teachers communicate through audio as well as computer graphics modes. For the duration of the project, FWL staff, in coordination with the Utah State Department of Education, demonstrated the system with live hook-ups at seven regional and national conferences. In addition, FWL staff consulted with over a dozen rural agencies interested in ADL and evaluated their response to the presentations. This report, which covers activities from October 1, 1989 through September 30, 1990, provides an overview of the project which covers the need for such programs, the technology and how it is used, the pilot tests, and the development of a multimedia implementation resource unit for use by rural schools in planning and implementing an audiographics system. Results of evaluations of the Audiographics Handbook and ADL demonstrations and presentations are provided, as well as a list of agencies and institutions that sought counsel/technical assistance from FWL staff. The review form for the handbook is appended. (DB)
Descriptors: Audiovisual Aids, Computer Graphics, Computer Networks, Distance Education, Facsimile Transmission, Guides, High Schools, Information Dissemination, Pilot Projects, Program Implementation, Rural Schools, State Departments of Education, Technical Assistance, Telephone Communications Systems
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Far West Lab. for Educational Research and Development, San Francisco, CA.
Identifiers: Audiographics; Utah