ERIC Number: ED215711
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Oct-13
Reference Count: 0
Alternative Delivery Systems: A Potential Partnership for Education and Public Broadcasting.
Baltzer, Jan A.
If educators and public broadcasters are to realize their potential for providing high quality educational and cultural material to the public, they must be aware of current and upcoming technologies and work in concert to achieve their goals. Several alternative delivery systems are currently available to help educators and broadcasters expand their clientele and lay the basis for alliances among broadcast facilities, government agencies, and educational institutions. These include: (1) Instructional Television Fixed Services, a special type of narrowcast television which can transmit up to four channels to predetermined reception points; (2) cable television, which has potential for in-school instruction, professional accreditation courses, and two-way capabilities; (3) slow-scan or compressed video, which involves the one-way transmission of still pictures with two-way audio; (4) Subsidiary Communications Authority subcarriers, which require specially tuned receivers; and (5) home video and audio systems, which are used by many schools as primary educational vehicles. While offering new opportunities, these alternative systems require educational institutions to address questions related to target audiences, course content, costs, materials availability, programming, and selection of courseware and materials. Most importantly, the question of operational support must be addressed before considering the use of these systems. (HB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Conference of the Western Educational Society for Telecommunications (Reno, NV, October 13, 1981).