ERIC Number: ED259724
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Assessing Electronic Text for Higher Education: Evaluation Results from Laboratory and Field Tests.
Carey, John; Dozier, David
This evaluation report focuses on a broad range of issues associated with the work of the Electronic Text Consortium (consisting of San Diego State University, University of Wisconsin, University of Nebraska, and WGBH Boston), whose year-long task was to develop and test a variety of electronic text services and to assess which configurations of content and means of delivery, if any, made sense for higher education. Based on field and laboratory tests, national surveys of college administrators and electronic text managers, and direct observational studies of students using the services, the consortium's evaluation addressed issues of learning effectiveness, attractiveness to students, usage patterns, economic issues, likely adoption patterns by students and colleges, potential barriers, and sturdiness of the technology. This report is divided into six chapters: (1) a general introduction and overview; (2) results of the field tests; (3) results from the formative and simulation laboratory studies; (4) issues associated with the potential for widespread use of electronic text by colleges, including barriers to use, economic issues, and results of a survey of colleges on current and planned uses for electronic text; (5) the practical questions of where the technology stands and the problems associated with developing services, as well as staff and training requirements for an electronic text production team; and (6) conclusions based upon an examination of all the individual pieces in the evaluation. A brief appendix provides a list of consortium members, addresses, and contact persons, as well as a list of consortium publications. (JB)
Descriptors: Computers, Electronic Equipment, Field Tests, Higher Education, Information Networks, Information Services, National Surveys, Observation, Simulation, Telecommunications, Telecourses, Videotex
Center for Communications, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA 92183 ($15.00 per copy).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Electronic Text Consortium.
Authoring Institution: San Diego State Univ., CA. Center for Communications.