ERIC Number: ED339354
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990
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An Evaluation of a Two Week Teaching Trial Using Interactive Video Technology: Perceptions of Students and Staff.
Baker, R. A.; Hansford, B. C.
This report is concerned with an evaluation of a 2-week teaching trial in 1989 that utilized compressed data--interactive video technology. The trial was a collaborative venture of the University of New England (UNE), TELECOM, the Department of Education, Employment and Training (DEET), and SONY. In general, the University of New England supplied the educational resources, TELECOM the communications hardware, SONY the production equipment, and DEET the specific project and evaluation expenses. The trial was conducted between the UNE Armidale campus and the UNE Coffs Harbour campus, and involved the internal students enrolled at Coffs Harbour (38 students), UNE staff members (23 teachers), and some externally enrolled UNE students (17 students). Courses for internal students included economics, econometrics, accounting and financial management, principles of mathematics, and politics; courses for external students were psychology, English, geography, sociology, and history. Two-megabyte transmission was used in the first week and 384 kilobyte-transmission in the second week. All but one of the instructional sessions were transmitted from Armidale. Sessions were held in either a large lecture theater or a small conference room. Data were obtained using a series of Likert scale items and open-ended questions completed after each instructional session by the three groups. Data were analyzed using multivariate analysis of variance (MANOVA) to determine whether there was an overall difference in responses to a set of items when related to type and location of teaching sessions. The results, which are presented in three main sections, indicated general satisfaction with the physical presentation of the instruction and pacing of the material. Just over half of the internal students regarded the interactive video classes as fairly useful, while a quarter of them thought the classes were not very useful. Comments from the external students proved to be more positive, while teacher comments were quite varied. Appendices include a schedule of trial classes and the questionnaires used in the study. (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
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Identifiers - Location: Australia