ERIC Number: ED339584
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Dec-1
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Interactive Distance Learning in Connecticut.
Pietras, Jesse John; Murphy, Robert J.
This paper provides an overview of distance learning activities in Connecticut and addresses the feasibility of such activities. Distance education programs have evolved from the one dimensional electronic mail systems to the use of sophisticated digital fiber networks. The Middlesex Distance Learning Consortium has developed a long-range plan to link five towns with fiber optic networks. This linkage would provide a completely interactive system in sharing courses among schools. Currently, 3 cable operators of the 27 licensed franchises are operating distance education programs. Each cable television company is responsible for maintaining all outside distributions, while the participating schools are responsible for maintaining the equipment relating to program origination. In some cases, the cable company has decided against becoming involved, citing non-standard installations that render costs prohibitive. The costs of distance education, as a key issue in the process, is being debated in public hearings on cable television franchise renewals before the State Department of Public Utility Control. It is proposed that distance education will continue throughout the 1990's to be used to fill teacher shortages, address declining enrollments, and to ensure educational quality in the midst of school budget constraints. This paper includes approximately 30 citations, a listing of the cost of distance learning classroom equipment and a suggested schedule of payment, a map of current and projected distance learning projects between communities, and a diagram of an interactive distance learning classroom. (LP)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Identifiers: Connecticut; Middlesex Distance Learning Consortium CT