ERIC Number: ED355927
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Distance Learning: New Technology and New Potential.
Bell, Julie Davis
State Legislative Report, v16 n6 Jul 1991
Some common questions that state legislators have about how distance learning can work in their states are explored. Distance learning, once considered strictly a rural education strategy, is now recognized to have the potential to provide solutions to some of the problems states face in delivering quality education to all students. A distance learning system will involve multiple technologies, such as interactive audio and video communication, videotapes, various computer technologies, satellite systems, and fiber optics to replace standard cables for communications. In the classroom, distance learning appears effective, although many unanswered research questions remain. Studies have confirmed that distance education has been well-received by teachers and students. Given current fiscal restraints, a legislature cannot afford to fund an entire distance learning system, and should not seek to control a developing system. Legislatures should be involved in developing a long-term and statewide distance learning strategy. Legislative involvement will be essential in achieving a balance between the potential for improving education and the potential problems in distance learning. (Contains 7 references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Communications Satellites, Computer Assisted Instruction, Distance Education, Educational Improvement, Educational Planning, Educational Policy, Educational Technology, Elementary Secondary Education, Government Role, Interactive Video, Legislators, Policy Formation, Problems, State Government, State Legislation, State Programs, Technological Advancement
Book Order Department, National Conference of State Legislators, 1560 Broadway, Suite 700, Denver, CO 80202 (free).
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Conference of State Legislatures, Denver, CO.