ERIC Number: ED291376
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-May-11
Reference Count: 0
Statewide Telecourse Survey: Teachers, Administrators & Students.
Eastmond, J. Nicholls, Jr.; And Others
This study surveyed high school students, teachers, and administrators of rural schools in Utah to determine what courses and inservice training offerings these groups wish to see made available via telecommunications. Delivery systems for such courses would include one or more of the following elements: broadcast media, audio teleconferencing, video teleconferencing, electronic blackboard, slow-scan-video, electronic mail or computer teleconferencing, and telefax. Site visits were made to three rural high schools, from which case studies were developed to provide some idea of the current distance education offerings. The following observations were made from a survey of the questionnaire responses: (1) the provision of certain computer courses via telecommunications is seen as a promising direction by all groups surveyed; (2) there is a consensus among teachers and administrators that the most desirable courses for offering by telecommunications delivery are advanced placement offerings in the math and science areas; and (3) the findings show a certain amount of insecurity on the part of teachers in using telecourses. It is felt that this insecurity can be overcome by use of telecommunications for inservice training and giving teachers direct experience with telecourses. Appendix A provides summaries of the three case studies; Appendix B contains sample questionnaires and accompanying letters; and Appendices C-E present the data from each of the three groups surveyed--teachers, administrators, and students. (EW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: World-Wide Education and Research Inst., Logan, UT.
Authoring Institution: Central Utah Educational Services Center, Richfield.