ERIC Number: ED073705
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1972
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Educational Television On Demand. An Evaluation of the Ottawa IRTV Experiment.
McLaughlin, G. Harry
The Information Retrieval Television (IRTV) system was a unique experimental media program initiated in several Ottawa schools in the fall of 1968. The program was designed to allow teachers to select televised audiovisual programs for their classes when and where they choose. This arrangement freed teachers from broadcast schedules and the rigidities of existing film distribution methods. The IRTV system was tested for nearly three years, and this report discusses a variety of aspects of the system. The report is based primarily upon questionnaire surveys and media center logs. It does not attempt to validate IRTV's effect on learning, but rather it evaluates the mechanics of the system itself. The data collected revealed that the IRTV system was unlikely to do much more than double the average student's exposure to films and television. Furthermore, IRTV was predominantly used for enrichment. The most important advantage of the system was that it could insure the viewer the program in a very short time. (MC)
Descriptors: Audiovisual Aids, Audiovisual Instruction, Closed Circuit Television, Dial Access Information Systems, Educational Television, Experimental Programs, Film Libraries, Films, Information Retrieval, Program Descriptions, Program Evaluation, Television
The Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, 252 Bloor Street West, Toronto 5, Ontario, Canada (No price quoted)
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Authoring Institution: Ontario Inst. for Studies in Education, Toronto.
Identifiers - Location: Canada; Canada (Ottawa)