ERIC Number: ED332845
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Distance Learning Using Digital Fiber Optics: Applications, Technologies, and Benefits.
Currer, Joanne M.
Distance learning provides special or advanced classes in rural schools where declining population has led to decreased funding and fewer classes. With full-motion video using digital fiber, two or more sites are connected into a two-way, full-motion, video conference. The teacher can see and hear the students, and the students can see and hear the teacher and other students. A camera transmits the image of a visual aid. Facing economic decline, the Oklahoma Panhandle selected a fiber network that will eventually connect 13 rural schools and Panhandle State University. The network is used by elementary and secondary students, as well as adults in the community. Different from a satellite network, a fiber system allows for local control of the curricula. The Mississippi 2000 project uses a switched broadband network with digital fiber as its transmission medium: one fiber pair will leave each school, and a special switch will route the signal to all other classes over their fiber pair. Initially, the network connects four high schools scattered throughout the state, three institutions of higher education, and the Education TV station in Jackson (Mississippi). The report contains detailed information about the equipment, network set-up, and classroom arrangements for both projects. The appendix contains abbreviated information from the report in a presentation format, which can be used to make overhead transparencies. (KS)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: State Univ. of New York, Oneonta. Coll. at Oneonta. Eastern Stream Center on Resources and Training.
Identifiers: Fiber Optics; Mississippi; Oklahoma