ERIC Number: ED323920
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Feb
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Distance Learning via Satellite Begins with Analysis of the Users.
A study of administrators, teachers, and students at 19 community colleges was conducted in order to better understand the individual groups served by satellite technology in distance education programs. Along with demographic information, the following issues were investigated: (1) learning styles most commonly used at each institution; (2) levels of knowledge about alternative delivery systems; (3) attitudes toward educational technology; (4) attitudes toward the use of communications satellites; (5) the level of administrative support to be expected; (6) faculty attitudes toward educational technology in relation to their teaching styles and in relation to their curricula; (7) student attitudes toward educational technology in relation to their major curricula; (8) faculty attitudes toward communications satellites in relation to their disciplines; and (9) student attitudes toward communications satellites in relation to their major curricula. Recommendations include purchasing a satellite dish to demonstrate the benefits of satellite use to downlink sites, launching public relations campaigns to inform potential users about the technology, communicating with schools currently using satellite systems in order to gather accurate cost data, determining which curricula are best suited to the introduction of satellite technology, conducting staff development programs to support technology integration, and informing faculty of educational technology facilities and services available at their schools. (GL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: In: Proceedings of Selected Paper Presentations at the Convention of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology; see IR 014 535.