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ERIC Number: ED348973
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-May-1
Reference Count: 0
Telecommunications Infrastructure Modernization and Interactive Distance Learning in Connecticut.
Pietras, Jesse John; Murphy, Robert J.
This paper outlines the current status and future developments in interactive distance education by both the telephone and cable television (CATV) companies in Connecticut in the wake of an ongoing infrastructure evaluation. The first of the activities described is a two-year interactive, distance education trial program entitled "Links to Learning," which was marketed, implemented, and monitored by Southern New England Telephone Company (SNET). It is noted that the project used an advanced voice messaging system, a packet-switched network, and two interactive, full and compressed motion video systems to connect parents, teachers, administrators, and students to the educational network. Multicultural emphases of "Links to Learning" using a bi-directional video link are also described. The state's K-12 Instructional Television Fixed Service (ITFS), which provides professional development and inservice training, is then described. It is conjectured that StateNet, a partially functioning copper and fiber optic cable network designed to connect all state agencies with voice, data, and video carriage capability, will be the most important future component of Connecticut's telecommunications infrastructure as new local analog and digital access facilities replace the state's existing network transport facilities. Functioning distance education programs operated by four Connecticut cable television operators are also described, and participation by two high schools in the Scistar science curriculum is noted. A discussion of the future role of fiber optic cable concludes the paper. Appendices include a list of equipment costs and a diagram of a distance learning classroom. (Contains 22 references.) (BBM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Connecticut; Fiber Optics; Instructional Television Fixed Service