ERIC Number: ED057611
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1971-Jul
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Use of Telelecture and Electrowriter Systems to Teach Engineering Courses. Final Report.
Knudsen, James G.; Stone, Solon A.
A Master's degree program in engineering in Portland, Oregon, was taught by faculty members who commuted from the School of Engineering at Oregon State University 80 miles away. The one three-hour meeting per week schedule maintained by this program didn't produce the quality of course that resulted from on-campus instruction by the same individuals on a two- or three-meeting per week basis. To remedy this problem a study was made to determine the feasibility of employing standard telephone circuits and telelecture/electrowriter components so that both oral and visual information could be presented at remote classrooms several times a week. A variety of arrangements in terms of meeting times, course types, instructors, etc., were used. The response of the students and instructors to this type of teaching technique was sampled by both questionnaires and individual contacts. In general, although off-campus students performed as well as on-campus students taking the same course, the students much preferred the face-to-face contact type of course. The material that must be presented visually in a graduate course seemed to be too much for the electrowriter to handle with ease. On the basis of students' comments, several suggestions were made for improving the remote courses. (JY)
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Oregon State Univ., Corvallis.