ERIC Number: ED208722
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-May
Reference Count: 0
Expanding Alternative Delivery Systems.
Baltzer, Jan A.
Alternative educational delivery systems that might be useful to community colleges are considered. The following categories of delivery systems are covered: broadcast delivery systems; copy delivery systems, print delivery systems, computer delivery systems, telephone delivery systems, and satellites. Among the applications for broadcast television are: open circuit television, instructional television fixed services, cable television, and slow-scan or compressed video. Two main categories of radio instructional applications are the primary carrier and the SCA or subcarrier. Copy delivery systems are those that deliver programs in the form of tapes, discs, or cassettes through a physical distribution system rather than being transmitted electronically. Copy delivery systems include: videocassette, videodisc, and audiocassette. The two major forms of print delivery systems available are correspondence courses and courses by newspaper. Two well-known forms of computer assisted instruction are TICCIT and PLATO, while two types of computer managed instruction are RSVP and ORACLE. Four ways in which the telephone is being used as an alternative delivery system are: teleconferencing, telelecture, telewriting, and dial access. Satellites extend the distribution and delivery of services to persons and places not otherwise served or inadequately served, and they increase the quality and number of services and programs for areas already served and at affordable cost. Among the reasons that many of these systems are not being used are cost, opposition to change, and lack of understanding on the part of county and state board members and state legislators as to what the students need and want. (SW)
Descriptors: Audiotape Cassettes, Cable Television, College Instruction, Communications Satellites, Community Colleges, Computer Assisted Instruction, Correspondence Study, Delivery Systems, Educational Radio, Educational Technology, Educational Television, Higher Education, Nonprint Media, Telephone Instruction, Videodisc Recordings, Videotape Cassettes
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: For related document, see HE 014 361.