ERIC Number: ED200816
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Feb
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An Innovative Education Modality--The Satellite System.
Gaudreau, Susan L.; Perrit, Lea J.
In 1971 the Appalachian Community Service Network (ASCN), a non-profit community service network, headquartered in Washington, D.C., with broadcast facilities in Lexington, Kentucky, began to beam teacher education courses via satellite to teachers at 45 community receiving sites located in 13 states throughout the Appalachian region. The project was entitled the Appalachian Educational Satellite Project (AESP). The ATS-6 satellite, which reversed the functions of the satellite and earth stations, provided a major cost breakthrough. When the system acquired time on RCA's SATCOM 1 satellite, the ASCN grew geographically, conceptually, demographically, and temporally. Included in ACSN programming are community service offerings, college-level telecourses, professional development programming, and selected workshops. Recent data reveal that the average undergraduate course viewer is 35 or younger and a childless female who lives in either a rural or suburban community and who works as a fulltime professional. Most viewers are college graduates with some formal schooling within the last year. Viewers select ASCN courses to complete degrees, upgrade employment skills, or pursue an interest. Graduate/continuing education course viewers include nurses, teachers, and engineers. ASCN's aim for the future is to further diversify, responding to future audience needs. (MN)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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