ERIC Number: ED316733
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Scanning the Dawn of High-Tech Education in the North.
Nelson, C. H.; Minore, J. B.
In late 1986, the Ontario government began a 4-year undertaking to establish a distance education network for northeastern and northwestern residents. The network, Contact North/Contact Nord, uses a full complement of interactive telecommunications systems to make secondary and postsecondary education more accessible regardless of community size or distance from a larger center. At present, 30 access sites exist for the network, with 26 located in communities of fewer than 15,000 people. Every site has an electronic classroom equipped with state-of-the art educational technology linked to network centers in Sudbury and Thunder Bay. As part of the implementation process, a two-part study was conducted. The first phase was designed to collect baseline community data prior to the full-scale implementation of Contact North/Contact Nord. Information was gathered through local interviewers in each community who sampled 5 percent of the registered voters. The results are presented in this report in profiles of the following: (1) the people served--demographic characteristics; (2) patterns of using formal educational resources prior to the start of Contact North/Contact Nord; (3) attitudes of nonusers toward adult education; (4) community perceptions of accessibility to education resources; and (5) implementation of Contact North/Contact Nord. Extensive tables, statistics, and copies of the survey forms are provided. (KC)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Communications Satellites, Continuing Education, Demography, Distance Education, Educational Attitudes, Educational Technology, Educational Television, Extension Education, Foreign Countries, Networks, Nontraditional Education, Outreach Programs, Participation, Postsecondary Education, Program Development, Rural Education, Secondary Education, Telecommunications, Telecourses
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Ontario Ministry of Colleges and Universities, Toronto.
Identifiers - Location: Canada