ERIC Number: ED317740
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Televised Courses at the University of Saskatchewan: Something Old, Something New.
Wong, Angelina T.
A 2-year feasibility study at the University of Saskatchewan involved the off-campus delivery of introductory courses in English, history, and psychology via satellite television, the telephone, and on-site facilitators. Students were expected to prepare for the televised lectures by reading and reflecting on specific topics identified in specially prepared course guides. Mailed questionnaires were used to evaluate the courses. The study reported the following strengths attributed to the televised courses: (1) the televised courses have increased access to university education in rural Saskatchewan; (2) it appears that the mode of delivery has the potential to provide a viable alternative to on-campus university study for both young rural people and part-time adult students; (3) the TV lecturers were excellent teachers and were considered by the students to be a major asset in this delivery mode; and (4) the students were given clear instructions as to what to expect from the course by the instructors, the course guide, and the facilitators. The following limitations were reported: (1) students in all three courses felt that the feedback about their performance in assignments could be improved; (2) some students expressed concern about some subject matter and organizational inconsistencies that they found irritating and time-consuming; (3) several sites experienced persistent problems with television reception; and (4) despite the overall positive reaction to he televised courses, some students said they thought the could learn better with a face-to-face instructor. (Appendices include 21 data tables and the questionnaires.) (CML)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Saskatchewan Univ., Saskatoon. Extension Div.