ERIC Number: ED357919
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
Reference Count: N/A
Lifelines of Learning: Distance Education and America's Rural Schools. A Report to the 103rd Congress and the American People Pursuant to Pub. L. 102-356.
Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Washington, DC.
This document responds to the Public Telecommunications Act of 1992 directing the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) to report on prospects for distance learning projects to assist rural schools. Based on a literature review, case studies, and two audio conferences with leading educators and distance learning providers, the report focuses on the most effective use of existing public telecommunication facilities to establish and implement distance learning projects in rural areas. Chapters cover: (1) the predicament of rural schools in providing quality educational programs; (2) the state of distance education today in relation to accessibility, distribution, interactivity, curriculum, teacher training, attitudes, effectiveness, and funding; (3) what distance education can offer rural areas; (4) overcoming financial and pedagogical barriers to serving rural schools with distance education; (5) six case studies of rural distance education programs highlighting the important roles of the Public Broadcasting Service and public television stations; (6) an overview of technologies that serve as integral components of proposed distance education programs; and (7) recommendations on distance learning services tailored to the needs of rural schools and on greater use of public broadcasting facilities in the provision of those services. This report contains 220 references, a listing of audio conference participants, and nationwide services in distance education. (LP)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Washington, DC.