ERIC Number: ED264848
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
The Feasibility of Computer Networking in Education. A Study Submitted to the Thirteenth Session of the Alaska State Legislature.
Alaska State Dept. of Education, Juneau. Office of Educational Technology and Telecommunications.
A 4-month study was conducted to determine the feasibility and desirability of computer networks for instruction and educational administration in Alaska. Five major activities were carried out to collect the necessary information: (1) interviews with representatives of other Alaska government agencies; (2) a survey of district office staff; (3) a survey of a large sample of Alaska educators; (4) a meeting with representatives from state agencies and local districts; and (5) a review of technical information. Technical information gathered suggests that the hardware and software necessary to implement computer networking in Alaska education are, for the most part, currently available. Also, surveys and discussion with Alaska educators suggest they believe the quality of education in their localities could be enhanced by improved communications resulting from computer networking efforts. However, many educators were reluctant to expend limited local resources for electronic communications simply to enhance the timeliness of the information being sent, and ranked networking activities as less critical than several other educational computer areas. It was concluded that the Department of Education should conduct activities to investigate implementation of educational networks, but that this should not preclude providing support in other areas of educational technology. Appendices include copies of technical materials from the 1982 and 1983 Annual Alaska Small Schools Conferences. (JB)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Alaska State Dept. of Education, Juneau. Office of Educational Technology and Telecommunications.
Identifiers - Location: Alaska