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ERIC Number: ED134231
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-May-16
Reference Count: 0
Some Hypotheses about the Cost/Effectiveness of Satellites in Education in the United States.
de Sola Pool, Ithiel
This paper first enumerates ways in which satellites can be used in education. Uses include the delivery of video material, teaching to scattered students, master teaching, teaching of teachers, providing information on current events, video teaching of behavior, information retrieval and computer-aided instruction. It then notes some technological constraints such as bandwidth, real-time needs, dispersion or concentration of network, and other aspects of network configuration that make satellite delivery of messages more or less advantageous than alternative methods. Since relative costs as well as benefits are a concern, consideration is given to the cost of a satellite education system. Costs are estimated in terms of an ultimate nationwide and universal educational satellite system. The paper concludes that the first steps should be the use of satellites for data communication in locations where facilities are not readily available. (Author/WBC)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Conference on Educational Applications of Satellites (Arlington, Virginia, February 2-3, 1977). For related documents, see IR 004 458-468