ERIC Number: ED329393
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
The Potential Benefits of Audiographic Teleteaching among Isolated Schools in the Pacific Basin.
Barker, Bruce O.; Goodwin, Robert D.
This paper describes the technology and benefits of distance education, especially microcomputer-assisted programs, for isolated schools with limited access to certified teachers. An interactive system known alternately as audiographics teleteaching and microcomputer-aided teleteaching was recently introduced at Brigham Young University's (BYU) Hawaii campus. The purpose of BYU's "Hawaii Computer-Aided Teleteaching Project" is to acquaint Pacific public and private school administrators with a low-cost distance-learning system. The system is easy to install, promotes local control of the curriculum, and allows for high levels of teacher-student interaction. Audiographics teleteaching is the least expensive among technologies permitting live exchange, and requires the least software, training, and maintenance. Audiographics, chiefly a microcomputer-based system, is generally used in collaborative arrangements between two or three schools. Among its major strengths are its perpetuation of small classes, local control, teacher-student interaction, and organization of the material. Weaknesses are: the lack of moving images, the potential for electronic interference, and the small size of computer screens. Initial costs for participation in an audiographics cooperative need not exceed $5,000 per site and operational costs are simply the monthly telephone charges. The document includes six references and a manufacturer's overview of the computer-aided teaching system. (TES)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Brigham Young Univ., Laie, HI. Div. of Communication and Language Arts.
Identifiers: Audiographics; Brigham Young University Hawaii Campus; Hawaii
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Pacific Educational Conference (7th, Honolulu, HI, August 6-8, 1990).