ERIC Number: ED332656
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-May
Reference Count: N/A
Remote Learning: Technologies & Opportunities.
Turoff, Murray; Hiltz, Starr, Roxanne
This discussion of the potential for computerized conferencing as the first cost effective technology for the delivery of a classroom environment in a remote learning situation begins by comparing remote learning modes and reviewing various educational experiments that have used the Electronic Information Exchange System (EIES) during the preceding five years. Arguing that this emerging technology can support the concept of a "virtual classroom" at a cost affordable by the average student, the paper then describes two upper division courses on the management of computer and information systems that have been offered through EIES by the New Jersey Institute of Technology. Responses to a survey of student attitudes toward the course and the means of delivery are also reported. The major findings indicated that: (1) students generally felt comfortable communicating in this medium, although some had reservations about taking an entire course through this medium, and some reported difficulties associated with having only limited typing skills; (2) most of the students who felt they did not learn much through the use of this technology were students with low course grades who perhaps did not have the requisite motivation or talent; and (3) student-teacher interaction using computer conferencing generated more work and time involvement for each instructor on a per student basis. It is noted that this paper is not meant to be a balanced presentation of the pros and cons of this technology, but rather an advocacy of further experimentation with its use in distance education, including the development of a graphical interface. (2 figures and 12 references) (EW)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Electronic Information Exchange System
Note: Paper presented at the World Conference on Continuing Engineering Education (Lake Buena Vista, FL, May 7-9, 1986).