ERIC Number: ED345711
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Mar
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Audiographics for Distance Education: An Alternative Technology.
Audiographics is the merging of microcomputer graphics, telephone communications systems, and teaching strategies into a cost effective method of delivering distance education classes. The teacher creates visual images that are sent to and stored on computers at the remote sites. At the appropriate time the teacher and the remote site assistants connect all of the sites via telephone lines, an audio-bridge, and modem, enabling the teacher and the students at all of the sites to interact with each other as they could in a traditional classroom. Video interaction occurs through the computers and audio interaction through speaker phones. The cost of each site is between $3,000 and $8,500, depending on the equipment chosen. This compares favorably with costs for communication satellites ($15,000 to $25,000), or for hiring teachers to teach at each site. Research has shown that the motivational levels, attitude levels, and the quality of the learning experience were all positively affected by audiographics for both high school and college students. It is argued that audiographics is the most cost-effective, efficient, and motivation-enhancing distance education system currently available; it can be used in rural and urban schools to reduce overall operating costs by combining small classes at different schools, to increase course offerings, and to reduce time for commuting teachers; and it can even be used with home-bound students, prison inmates, and "special case" non-attending students. (10 references) (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Alaska Association for Computers in Education (March 1990).