ERIC Number: ED314031
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-May
Reference Count: N/A
New Technologies for Distance Education: A Needs Assessment at the Delivery Site. TDC Research Report No. 4.
Rubinyi, Robert; And Others
This study examined the potential applicability of educational technologies to the Minnesota Extension Service (MES), which delivers non-credit, educational programming to Minnesota citizens through 91 county extension offices in the state's 87 counties. A total of 62 MES field staff members participated in information-gathering meetings where they received a questionnaire examining information and technology aspects of program operations, participated in a group discussion about current methods of information distribution, viewed and listened to videotape and audiotape demonstrations of four new technologies (CD-ROM, audiotex, satellite teleconferencing, and interactive videodisc kiosk), completed a survey on the new technologies, and took part in a discussion of the technologies. Computer communication, educational software, software training, computer-assisted recordkeeping and educational support technology (e.g., voice mail, desktop publishing, and telefacsimile) were also assessed. The study found that most of the technologies have applications for MES staff but that expense, technical demands, and training are barriers to implementation. Tables provide data on methods used by staff for internal communication, methods used for external communication, resources needed by staff, responses to the survey on new technologies, new technology interests, and use of online database services. Areas for further research are suggested. (4 references) (MES)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Minnesota Univ., St. Paul. Telecommunications Development Center.