ERIC Number: ED248836
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983-Oct-10
Reference Count: N/A
Videodisc Feasibility Study. An Evaluation of the Use of Videodisc as a Distribution Medium.
This study evaluated the practicality of using videodiscs to distribute the television programs that are part of the courses of the International University Consortium (IUC) for Telecommunications in Learning, a network of colleges and universities in partnership with public broadcasting stations and cable systems. Fifteen videodisc players, along with videodiscs of IUC's "Exploring Language" course, were placed at sites around the United States and Korea, including universities, hospitals, corporate facilities, and military and government sites. Some students also viewed the programs through member cable companies and public broadcasting stations. Results demonstrated that the use of videodisc technology is an economically viable alternative distribution system for IUC programs. This report summarizes evaluation procedures and results at the University of Maryland University College, College Park, Maryland, and its education center at Kunsan Air Base in Korea; University of South Alabama, Mobile; Linfield College, McMinnville, Oregon; Hampton Institute, Hampton, Virginia; the Pennsylvania State University, University Park; the Maryland Center for Public Broadcasting, which used videodisc as a point of origin for broadcasting; and the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES), which evaluated the use of videodisc technology to deliver instruction to servicemembers stationed around the world. (LMM)
Descriptors: Cable Television, Costs, Delivery Systems, Distance Education, Educational Television, Feasibility Studies, Higher Education, Networks, Programing (Broadcast), Public Television, Videodisc Recordings
MITECH, Maryland Public Television, 11767 Bonita Avenue, Owings Mills, MD 21117 (free).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Maryland Center for Public Broadcasting, Owings Mills.; International Univ. Consortium for Telecommunications in Learning.