ERIC Number: ED364188
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
Reference Count: N/A
The School Administrator's Primer on Distance Learning: Two-Way Interactive Television (I-TV) via Fiber Optics.
Hobbs, Vicki M.; And Others
This guide is intended to provide assistance to educators interested in developing two-way interactive television networks, addressing the educational and cost issues of this technology. Interactive television (I-TV) offers smaller or rural schools the opportunity to offer a comprehensive program within budgetary restraints. I-TV refers to the ability to receive two-way audio and two-way video in the provision of stand-alone courses from a teacher at one site to students at (typically) one to three other sites. The creation of an I-TV network through fiber optic cables enables this sharing of instructional materials. Defined terms and issues for the educator that are discussed include: (1) multi-site use; (2) simultaneous viewing; (3) the meaning of two-way; (4) full motion; (5) multi-channel; (6) a television network; (7) separating the myths and realities of I-TV; (8) questions to ask; (9) cost comparison; and (10) network description. Three sample networks are described. The guide makes it apparent that I-TV is a complicated issue, requiring careful study and planning. Appendix 1 defines terms in distance learning, and Appendix 2 lists some implementation sites. Tables summarize details of I-TV technology and compare network types. (SLD)
Descriptors: Administrator Role, Budgeting, Computer Networks, Cost Effectiveness, Distance Education, Educational Planning, Educational Technology, Educational Television, Elementary Secondary Education, Interactive Video, Retrenchment, Rural Schools, School Administration, Small Schools, Systems Development, Technological Advancement
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Mid-Continent Regional Educational Lab., Aurora, CO.; Mid-Continent Regional Educational Lab., Inc., Kansas City, MO.