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ERIC Number: ED346498
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Mar
Pages: 18
Abstractor: N/A
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Using "Voices and Visions" in the Classroom and in the Community.
Lund, Donna
The "Voices and Visions" series, a set of instructional videos on the lives and art of 13 important American poets, has the desirable potential to reach an audience that is virtually unlimited. The videos are a skillful blend of photographs, film footage, interviews with scholars, critics, and poets, readings by actors, and sometimes by the poets themselves. These videos were used in a number of non-academic settings for community enrichment in a program sponsored by the American Library Association. Prior to the local programs, a four-week training seminar was presented for the local leaders. In the program conducted by the Carnegie Library, 30 participants ranged in age from graduate students to retired workers. Sample evaluations of participants in the program from around the country demonstrate a vary favorable response. "Telecourses," or instructional systems which include television programs, are being used by almost all colleges, and studies indicate that the use of television to deliver instruction does not change effectiveness. Also, teaching a telecourse allows teachers to focus on closer communication with students, making it more demanding than a traditional course by demanding maturity, responsibility and consistency. The "Voices and Visions" telecourse produced observable improvement in student writing over the semester, showing that regular writing on demanding material is the best way to sharpen critical thinking and writing skills. (Thirteen references are attached.) (HB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A