ERIC Number: ED336245
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: 0
Project Breakthrough: A Telecourse Model for the Mountain State.
Filek, R. Rudy; Day-Perroots, Sue
This study assessed educational needs and interests of West Virginia adults related to the proposed extension of distance education through Project Breakthrough. Project Breakthrough will broadcast college credit telecourse via satellite into more than 50,000 home satellite receivers. Results show an overall positive attitude toward additional education. Approximately one-third of the general households and satellite respondents were interested in participating in Project Breakthrough, and 61% of the students enrolled in Regents Bachelor of Arts programs and 72% of the adults taking telecourses through public television reported a similar interest. Access to Project Breakthrough telecourses can be increased through receiver sites at public libraries and telecasts on public television. Timing of telecourses is irrelevant due to the ability to pre-record telecourses on VCRs. Preferred fields of study were computer and information processing, general studies, and small business management. The implementation model for the project consists of a C-band uplink, which can transmit to C-band satellite receivers at all higher education institutions, numerous educational facilities, libraries, businesses, and homes. The curricular philosophy of Project Breakthrough is framed in the seven principles of good practice for undergraduate education. A key component of the project is the resource network that provides diverse and wide-ranging support services to students. (KS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: West Virginia
Note: Paper presented at the National Conference on Rural Adult Education Initiatives (Kansas City, MO, June 20-22, 1991).