ERIC Number: ED274334
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Jun-19
AUSSAT--The Australian Satellite System: Applications for Education.
Simpson, Daniel D.
With the introduction of the Australian Satellite System (AUSSAT), a new era of communications will begin for all of Australia which will enhance existing distance education services by bringing more cost effective communications to a broad range of users. The improved capacity, reliability, and quality of communications will make possible the offering of Schools of the Air (SOTA) programs suitable for children or adults at home or at community locations, and will extend services beyond primary to secondary and tertiary levels. The satellite can offer students readily accessed programs that mix correspondence papers, audiotapes, and interactive audio. It can also offer television broadcasting of lessons, delivery of video resources, and television and audio materials for home tutors. Additionally, the satellite provides a communication medium both between and within institutions, video seminars, video conferences, and network link facilities for the collection and distribution of data. The advent of satellite communications has brought an opportunity for educators to conduct trials of the use of this technology and test several models over the next few years. This paper describes one such model, the School of the Air centered at Mt. Isa in Northern Australia, which will conduct a 12-month trial of the use of satellite communications. Diagrams illustrate video and audio/data signal transfers and the two-way channelling arrangement. (DJR)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the World Conference of the International Council for Distance Education (13th, Melbourne, Australia, August 13-20, 1986).