ERIC Number: ED245152
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983-Oct-25
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Interactive Videodisc Learning Systems: The Promise of New Access to Counseling Services.
Bright, Larry K.; Smaby, Marlowe H.
This paper describes the technology involved in interactive videodisc learning systems and their potential role in counseling services. Following a brief introduction to interactive videodisc technology, the components of the interactive videodisc learning system are described and illustrated. The strengths of the videodisc (randomly-addressable technology and high speed responses) compared to the weaknesses (linear formats, no choice of learning routes, or difficulty of material) of current learning technologies (books, lectures, film, television) are discussed. Three levels of videodisc interactivity are described, i.e., question/answer, analyzed learner responses and prescribed material, and branched teacher or counselor responses to patterns of learner choices. The features of the videodisc are presented including the shape, information storage capacity, and resolution. The search and retrieval capabilities of the videodisc are discussed with particular emphasis on the learner's control of the lessons. Examples of uses of the interactive videodisc system in counseling, medical and psychological training, and instruction are given. The paper concludes with a discussion of four obstacles that may slow the adoption of interactive videodisc programs, i.e., the cost of mastery, the cost of production, the prerogative for development, and non-correctability. (BL)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Audience: Counselors; Practitioners
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