ERIC Number: ED340418
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
U.S. Postsecondary Distance Learning Programs in the 1990s: A Decade of Growth.
In December 1990, in an effort to identify the telecommunications and electronic technologies that will be used in the 1990s for distance learning programs at postsecondary institutions, questionnaires were sent to the chief executive officers of all two-year institutions nationwide, and to a random sample of 750 four-year baccalaureat institutions. The study examined the degrees offered by these institutions via distance learning, and the availability of recorded materials, particularly telecourses. Usable surveys were returned by 368 two-year colleges for a 33% response rate, and by 184 four-year institutions for a 25% response rate. Telephone follow-up calls produced an additional 103 responding two-year institutions and allowed for a weighting of two-year college responses to account for the additional non-responding institutions. Study highlights included the following: (1) broadcast television was the single most important delivery method among two- and four-year colleges, though videotapes, either used in the library or available for check-out, were also used by more than 40% of the responding institutions; (2) both two- and four-year institutions will double the average number of telecommunications technologies used for live instruction between 1991 and 1994; (3) institutions starting distance learning programs after 1991 will be less likely to use public television stations; and (4) 11% of two-year colleges and 40% of four-year institutions stated that off-campus instruction was not part of their mission. Data tables and the survey instrument are included. (PAA)
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Comparative Analysis, Computer Assisted Instruction, Distance Education, Educational Technology, Educational Trends, Higher Education, Interactive Video, Nontraditional Education, Program Descriptions, Questionnaires, Telecommunications, Telecourses, Two Year Colleges, Universities, Videodisks
The Instructional Telecommunications Consortium, American Association of Community and Junior Colleges, One Dupont Circle N.W., Suite 410, Washington, DC 20036-1176.
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Washington, DC.; Coast Community Coll. District, Costa Mesa, CA.; Public Broadcasting Service, Washington, DC.; Dallas County Community Coll. District, TX.
Authoring Institution: American Association of Community and Junior Colleges, Washington, DC. Instructional Telecommunications Consortium.
Note: Funding also received from the Learning Channel and the Southern California Consortium.