ERIC Number: ED344571
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Increasing Student Access to Advanced Courses: Effectiveness, Cost, and Feasibility Analysis of Audiographics and TI-IN Network.
Brigham, David E.
Designed to aid decision makers at the Otselic Valley Central School (New York) in selecting the most cost-effective way of providing advanced courses to high school students, this study sought to identify the consequences of choosing a particular alternative so that better decisions could be made. This was done by comparing the cost and effectiveness of the course delivery system currently used to deliver instruction in college level calculus and English--i.e., audiographics (the Telelearning Project)--to a competing alternative--i.e., educational television (the TI-IN Network). Data were collected in a series of interviews with Otselic Valley students, teachers, administrators, and staff, and cost information was obtained from the district business office, Instructional Support Services at the Delaware-Chenango BOCES, and educational consultants associated with delivery system vendors. The audiographics system is a system linking students at multiple sites to an instructor using telephone lines, computers, speaker phones, and a fax machine, while the TI-IN Network is a commercial provider of educational television programs that are broadcast live and received by remote classrooms via satellite or cable. Analyses of the data indicate that, while audiographics has an apparent cost advantage over the delivery of courses via TI-IN, TI-IN has certain advantages in effectiveness over audiographics. Appended materials contain the calculations used to determine the costs to the Otselic Valley Central School District of up to four courses per year, per course, and per student for both audiographics courses and TI-IN courses via cable or via satellite. (DB)
Descriptors: Acceleration (Education), Access to Education, Advanced Courses, College English, College Mathematics, Comparative Analysis, Cost Effectiveness, Delivery Systems, Distance Education, Educational Television, Evaluation Criteria, High School Students, High Schools, Higher Education, Instructional Effectiveness, Interviews
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Information Analyses; Reports - Evaluative
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Audience: Practitioners; Policymakers
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