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ERIC Number: ED318423
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988-Nov-9
Pages: 14
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
The Use of Satellites for Training in Western Europe.
Bates, A. W.
This paper begins with brief background on types of broadcast satellites and satellite programs in Europe. Reception and transmission costs, as well as predicted access to satellite transmissions, are then discussed. Uses of satellites for education and training in countries outside of Europe, particularly the program at the National Technological University in the United States, are summarized. Distinctions are drawn between the various media (television, audio, or data) and configurations (point-to-multipoint or network) used. Descriptions of initiatives underway for the use of satellites for training in Western Europe--PACE, OLYMPUS, COMMETT, and DELTA--are presented. The extension of training beyond national boundaries and establishment of a training communications network are identified as ways satellites could be used. Low cost, easy production, speed, European-wide reach, open access to transmission, security, and funding opportunities are listed as benefits of using satellites. Constraints are also identified: alternative modes of distance training may be cheaper and/or more effective; identification of trans-national training needs and target groups is necessary; specially-designed courses are needed; print and tutorial support and follow-up are important; supporting cost, particularly the cost of production, may be greater than transmission and reception costs; and government will need to ease public telephone company control over tariffs and access to up-links. (4 references) (MES)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Europe