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ERIC Number: ED314016
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Apr
Pages: 132
Abstractor: N/A
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Using Microcomputers for Communication. Summary Report: Sociology 110 Distance Education Pilot Project.
Misanchuk, Earl R.
A pilot project involved off-campus (distance education) students creating their assignments on Macintosh computers and "mailing" them electronically to a campus mainframe computer. The goal of the project was to determine what is necessary to implement and to evaluate the potential of computer communications for university-level distance education courses, specifically at the University of Saskatchewan. Some anticipated outcomes (more rapid turn-around of assignments and greater ease on the part of students in creating and editing assignments) were accomplished to varying degrees. Others (student use of specialized writing tools such as spelling checkers, and student-student electronic interaction) were not accomplished to any appreciable extent. A number of organizational and technological lessons were learned. Some had only local implications, but a number of them are generalizable to other institutions. The print-based instructional materials used by the students are included as an appendix. Also appended are the original proposal for the project, a "contract" used with regional colleges participating in the distance education network, a list of topics taught in orientation workshops for college supervisors involved in the project, and a supervisor's trouble-shooting guide. (Author/GL)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Learner; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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