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ERIC Number: ED364188
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
Pages: 26
Abstractor: N/A
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)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Language: English
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.