ERIC Number: ED272166
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Delivering Telecourses: Procedural Issues.
Rothstein, Bette M.
The logistics for college adaptation of telecourses entail certain procedures which, though they differ from one school to another, still encompass a basic minimum of steps that need to be taken: (1) the decision to investigate; (2) the ascertainment of interest within the relevant disciplines; (3) the evaluation and acceptance of an available course or, if working with cable television, selection from a list of available courses; (4) selection of a faculty manager for each course; and (5) careful planning of a schedule for promotion. Since most telecourses require specific textbooks, a department must also evaluate and accept or reject the text; often these departmental discussions are heated, since faculty are often suspicious about accepting new materials not locally developed. The faculty member in charge of the course, the "course manager," must also be apprised of his/her role in the process; the concept of being in charge of a course without actually being a classroom focal point may be difficult for some faculty to understand and accept. Finally, decisions regarding the target population and the amount of tuition to charge for the telecourse must be made. Since the university needs to at least break even after paying the licensing fees, faculty salary, and promotional costs, numerous students must be attracted to keep course costs down. Successful promotion is one way to ensure student enrollment and it is often the crucial factor in determining the success or failure of a university telecourse. (JB)
Descriptors: Adoption (Ideas), College Faculty, Distance Education, Educational Planning, Educational Television, Higher Education, Media Selection, Student Recruitment, Teacher Role, Telecourses
Bette M. Rothstein, 7208 Glenbrook Rd., Bethesda, MD 20814 ($5.00 single copy, $2.00 each for multiple copies).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (37th, New Orleans, LA, March 13-15, 1986).