ERIC Number: ED272340
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986
Reference Count: 0
Live via Satellite: Interactive Distant Learning in America's Rural Schools.
Barker, Bruce O.
Advances in satellite technology hold great promise for offering a broad and varied curriculum in small rural schools. In 1985 and 1986 three vendors in the continental United States pioneered the offering of interactive satellite instruction for high school credit courses. The programs were: (1) German by Satellite offered by the College of Arts and Sciences at Oklahoma State University; (2) the Accelerated Learning of Spanish Project via Satellite Television sponsored by the Utah State Board of Education, the Bonneville International Corporation, and the IBM Corporation; and (3) the TI-IN Network broadcasting 14 different high school courses originating from San Antonio, Texas. These rapidly growing systems currently beam 16 different high school credit courses to over 2,300 students in approximately 200 schools scattered across 13 states. The systems employ a variety of teaching strategies in their televised satellite broadcasts, which are supplemented by features such as computer assisted instruction, live audio interaction between students and video teacher, and electronic mailbox systems. Although no data are yet published assessing the quality of the instruction, survey information shows students and administrators have positive attitudes towards the satellite courses. (JHZ)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Colorado Rural and Small Schools Conference (6th, Fort Collins, CO, June 29-July 1, 1986).