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ERIC Number: ED148305
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Oct
Pages: 8
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
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Color Microfiche as a Replacement for Slides.
Schwarz, Philip
This is the summary of a larger paper describing the evolution of a mediated elementary accounting course at the University of Wisconsin-Stout. The course was initially developed as a 25 slide-tape lesson course which included 950 visuals and approximately 25 hours of instruction. One hundred students per semester took the course in the following manner. Four copies of the account series were on closed reserve at the library circulation desk. Students checked out each lesson, viewed it at stations for accounting students, and returned it to the circulation desk. Within several years, three problem areas became evident. First, equipment failure constantly occurred in the form of warped slide mounts, jammed slides, burnt out bulbs, and jammed audio tapes. Second, human frailties resulted in rearranged or borrowed slides and equipment malfunctions. Third, increased enrollments compounded already existing management problems of equipment shortages, limited supplies of slide-tape sets, and limited staff time to monitor and repair equipment. Finding a solution to these problems led to the use of 4 x 6 color microfiche, each containing 98 images, and the use of portable and stationary microfiche readers. The advantages of the use of color microfiche included: (1) fewer equipment problems under heavy use, (2) fewer student problems, (3) reduced management problems, (4) increased flexibility in student use of study materials, (5) lower software costs, (6) greater compatibility of course materials with existing library microfiche collections, and (7) a greater compactness in the storage and use of materials. (DAG)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Summary of a paper presented at the mid-year meeting of the National Micrographics Association (Denver, Colorado, October, 1976)