ERIC Number: ED227315
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Communication Linkage Implementation Study: A Computer Based Message System for Vocational Education. Final Report.
Oldsen, Carl F.
Membership in the Computer-Based Message Switching (CBMS) network increased to 33 agencies and organizations as a result of project work to establish an electronic communication system for vocational education program improvement. The project was funded by the Office of Vocational and Adult Education under the Applied Research and Development Function of the National Center for Research in Vocational Education. Membership in the CBMS now includes all 6 regional curriculum coordination centers, 3 national organizations, and 24 state educational agencies. During the initial year of operation, approximately 220 messages were exchanged each month by network members. Uses included transmittal of routine messages, requests for information or resources, responses to requests, transmittal of product distribution information, announcement of new products, tracking of projects and products, announcements of meetings, and news about conference events. Cost for each of the monthly messages (assuming five minutes each for messages totaling 1,100 minutes per month) was approximately $2, or $440 per month. Telephone messages (at $5 each) would total $1,100, while letters (at $7 each) would total $1,540. Therefore, the CBMS network will provide substantial savings for users, even when the National Center for Research in Vocational Education stops funding it and users have to pay the estimated cost of $200 per year. (KC)
Descriptors: Computer Oriented Programs, Cost Effectiveness, Cost Estimates, Databases, Dial Access Information Systems, Information Dissemination, Information Networks, Information Services, Information Systems, Online Systems, Organizational Communication, Program Costs, Program Effectiveness, Program Improvement, Reference Services, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Ohio State Univ., Columbus. National Center for Research in Vocational Education.