ERIC Number: ED308052
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Distance Education: Promise, Practice, and Pedagogy. Program Report.
Holznagel, Donald C.
In the first year of the Rural Education Initiative (1987-88), several rural school districts in the Northwest began distance education projects that promise to be successful and applicable in other districts. Each project meets an educational need or rationale identified by the district; technology-based programs satisfy recognized criteria for successful implementation of such programs. These promising practices feature: (1) a class that offers high school students their choice of correspondence courses; (2) satellite transmission of courses to a network of 56 cooperating school districts in 8 states; (3) individualized courses of study provided through electronic mail to 20 districts in Montana and Idaho, with student/teacher interaction and on-line testing via the computer station; (4) secondary school courses broadcast on public television with two-way audio communication by phone; (5) an audiographics system connecting a community college and several community sites using standard telephone lines; and (6) a short-range television system connecting a community college and five rural districts, which allows broadcasts from any site. In distance education the responsibilities of instruction are divided between the delivery and receiving sites. Since the facilitator at the receiving site performs some of the functions of a teacher, many states now insist that certified personnel staff such positions. (SV)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Northwest Regional Educational Lab., Portland, OR.