ERIC Number: ED058729
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1971-Sep
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Cable Television and Higher Education: Two Contrasting Experiences.
Johnson, Leland L.
In assessing the possibilities of using cable television to serve the needs of higher education, it is useful to examine the experience already accumulated by educational institutions in the use of cable channels. Two particularly interesting cases are those of Oregon State University (OSU) and the University of Oregon. OSU employs its cable channel nearly full-time during the day to televise course presentations (largely of scientific and engineering subjects) to students both on and off campus. Enrollments in these televised courses has grown to 8,500 students annually. The rationale for employing the cable channel is to save money and classroom space. The University of Oregon employs its channel, not to present course materials directly, but to supplement and enrich live course presentations in the classroom by providing programming at the request of individual faculty members. In addition, the channel provides a daily message service, an information service as an integral part of the University's registration procedures, and local community programming. A possible explanation for the University of Oregon's lack of televised course presentations is that the school is largely a liberal arts school and neither the courses nor the faculty are amenable to the idea of new technology. (JY)
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Sponsor: John and Mary R. Markle Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Rand Corp., Santa Monica, CA.