ERIC Number: ED253380
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
The School Problem-Solver's Guide to Distance Education.
Levinson, Cynthia Y.
Many administrators are meeting specific instructional needs of their students without always or solely relying on classroom teachers by utilizing distance education, i.e., instruction that takes place while the learner is physically distant from the instructor and/or the materials. Distance education is particularly appropriate in rural and small schools where low enrollment limits course availability, but it is also useful as state legislatures raise graduation requirements for students and accreditation requirements for schools while budgets are declining. This guide provides descriptions of distance education programs that are in operation, such as teleconferencing (PRISMS, "Operation TECPAK," Gemini Electronic Blackboard, TELENET), interactive videotape (Winthrop Rockefeller Model Secondary Project), microcomputers ("The Computer Chronicles"), teletype, and others. Studies are cited that show distance education is effective. Hints for doing distance education right are listed along with the admonition that distance learning programs need good planning, management, structure, and master teachers. Distance education costs are discussed and representative examples are given. Some distance education issues are reviewed (teacher certification, course accreditation, textbook adoption, Average Daily Attendance/funding, class size). The guide concludes with a resource list of 18 experts, state department of education contacts for six states, and a 16-item bibliography. (BRR)
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Instruction, Distance Education, Educational Radio, Inservice Teacher Education, Professional Continuing Education, Program Costs, Program Descriptions, Program Effectiveness, Rural Education, Secondary Education, Teleconferencing, Telecourses, Telephone Communications Systems, Videotex
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Guides - General
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Southwest Educational Development Lab., Austin, TX.