ERIC Number: ED350054
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Telecommunications: A Paradigm for the Future of Illinois Higher Education.
Illinois Community Coll. Board, Springfield.
The Illinois Community College Board created the Telecommunications Ad Hoc Task Force (TAHTF) to examine the current status of telecommunications in the Illinois Community College System (ICCS), to determine the feasibility of establishing a statewide telecommunications network, and to recommend policies for the development and use of such a network. This report provides an overview of the TAHTF's activities, findings and recommendations. Introductory material includes a review of the telecommunications policies of the Illinois Board of Higher Education. Next, efforts of the TAHTF are summarized, including its surveys of other states' and Illinois's telecommunications systems. Following a description of current systems in operation in Illinois, issues associated with the need for a statewide network are discussed. Next, 18 areas that would benefit from a statewide network are outlined, including economic development, shared resources, community education, training for business and industry, staff development, student activities, data transmission, guidance and career planning, and the coordination of programs. The TAHTF's recommendations concerning technical standards, costs, funding, education and training, and administration/coordination are then explored. Following a 5-year phased implementation plan, beginning with Fiscal Year 1993, a brief summary of the state's telecommunications needs is offered. Appendixes provide a list of TAHTF members, questionnaires and findings from the national and state surveys, TAHTF's technical networking standards, State University Telecommunications Administrators compressed video equipment standards; estimated costs; and discipline area teaching examples. (MAB)
Descriptors: Communications Satellites, Community Colleges, Cooperative Programs, Delivery Systems, Distance Education, Educational Technology, Educational Television, Guidelines, Information Networks, Models, Networks, Program Implementation, Statewide Planning, Telecommunications, Teleconferencing, Telecourses, Two Year Colleges, Video Equipment
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Illinois Community Coll. Board, Springfield.
Identifiers - Location: Illinois