ERIC Number: ED192695
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
A Survey and Report of Interest in and Availability of Systems for the Delivery of Instruction by Remote Methods.
West, Peter C.
In 1979 the Rockford Regional Academic Center formed a task force to examine the feasibility of providing upper division and graduate level instruction in the Rockford, Illinois area by "remote delivery." The objective was to gather information about: (1) what remote delivery instructional systems are available; (2) what the physical considerations and costs associated with these systems are; (3) what the public interest in these systems is for business and industrial use, individual use, and community use; (4) how the programs can benefit the specific geographic and demographic situation; and (5) how the existing educational institutions perceive their role in using these systems. Data were gathered by literature search, consulting manufacturers and their catalogs, a general opinion survey and interviews with businessmen and educational representatives, and visits to two universities providing remote instruction. It is recommended that institutions build on the university systems already in use, avoiding duplication when possible, expand the curriculum of available courses to those recommended by respondents, offer courses by a variety of remote methods, and consider applying for a grant to expand the systems available. Use of satellite delivery is rejected because of its cost, and an interactive television system with talk-back is the preferred method, though not the most practical. The general opinion questionnaires are appended. (MSE)
Descriptors: Academic Education, Access to Education, Adult Students, Continuing Education, Delivery Systems, Educational Demand, Educational Technology, Educational Television, Extension Education, External Degree Programs, Graduate Study, Postsecondary Education, Public Opinion, Regional Planning, School Business Relationship, Surveys
Rockford Regional Academic Center, 215 N. Wyman St., Rockford, IL 61101
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Rockford Regional Academic Center, IL.
Identifiers - Location: Illinois