ERIC Number: ED315053
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988
Reference Count: N/A
The Impact of Satellite Technology on University Teaching and Research.
Braga, Jose Luiz; And Others
Four papers discuss both perceived and tested uses of communications satellites for amplifying access to information and for fostering networking among higher educational institutions around the world. Derived from the work of the Foundation for the International Exchange of Scientific and Cultural Information by Telecommunications (FISCIT), a guide by Martin Myerson (U.S.A.) focuses on uses of teleconferencing for scholarship. Demonstrations conducted by FISCIT are described, and four categories of teleconferencing options (audio teleconferencing, computer conferencing, computer networks and video teleconferencing) are discussed in terms of technical characteristics, equipment, functions, relative costs, and advantages and limitations. Shoichi Noguchi and Yoshiki Nemoto (Japan) recommend the development of a worldwide satellite network that would make information resources uniformly available to people in all countries, and they discuss both technical and conceptual aspects of such a system in light of experiments realized in different countries. A paper by Kyril B. Serafimov (Bulgaria) emphasizes the expansion of educational tasks brought about by space-oriented subjects and raises technical and economic questions and the issue of international cooperation. A concluding paper by Jose Luiz Braga (Brazil) ties together the preceding three and comments further on the relationship between national and international tasks, the effect of technological means on learning, and the production of software. (NRP)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, Paris (France).
Note: Papers on Higher Education 27: a product of the Joint UNESCO-International Association of Universities Research Programme in Higher Education.