ERIC Number: ED341858
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Slow Scan Video in the Preparation of Technology Educators.
Baird, David A.
The Wyoming Center for Teaching and Learning Network at the University of Wyoming (UW) investigated barriers to distance learning and implemented a system that circumvented or eliminated these barriers. One four-year college and seven community colleges chose to be interactively connected. Many UW faculty members, accustomed to delivering classes through a phone network or flying professor program, were not resistant to the concept. Compressed video had a cost advantage over the current commitment to the flying professor arrangement. Several ideas for using the compressed video network were explored: early observation of technology education classes; supervision of student teachers; cooperative development and delivery of courses; team teaching; and simultaneous delivery of course content on and off campus. Technical comparisons were made of three systems: Compression Labs, Videotelecom, and Picturetel. Strengths and weaknesses were compiled and an overall assessment made. University and middle school students evaluated the systems. A steering committee offered guidance during the hardware selection procedure. The Videotelecom system was selected because of the flexibility provided by the built-in computer, more cost-effective local vendor support for maintenance, and free software upgrades for the first year. Several local districts committed to installing compressed video systems. (YLB)
Descriptors: College School Cooperation, Colleges, Computer Assisted Instruction, Distance Education, Educational Media, Higher Education, Interactive Video, Junior High Schools, Media Selection, State Programs, Teacher Education, Technology, Telecommunications, Trade and Industrial Education, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Slow Scan Television; Technology Education; Wyoming
Note: Paper presented at the American Vocational Association Convention (Los Angeles, CA, December 1991).