ERIC Number: ED377007
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Oct-15
Reference Count: N/A
Governance Issues: State Educational Telecommunications Council.
Stammen, Ronald M.
This paper describes North Dakota's distance-education telecommunications infrastructure, and examines the opinions of school administrators about technology needs, usage, and funding. In North Dakota, every school district has access to a computer-mediated telecommunications network, SENDIT, which is bridged to Internet connections through the statewide higher education network. The state government is currently installing a telephone interconnect system with nodes at county seats in order to increase capacity and speed for transferring data at rural locations and solve access problems due to overload. In addition, the 11 colleges and universities and a third of the secondary schools currently provide interactive video with two-way audio and multimedia capabilities. Also, three satellite uplink systems have been approved in the state. A 1993 survey of school district administrators was conducted to address problems about network connectivity and constituency concerns deemed important to members of the state's Educational Telecommunications Council. A 1994 in-depth follow-up study conducted by outside consultants attempted to resolve previously identified issues. Results of the two studies indicate strong statewide support for the university-based interactive video network as a means of expanding curricular offerings of rural and small schools. Included are the consultants' recommendations about telecommunications technological, infrastructural, and institutional alternatives and the underlying structural and organizational make-up of the Educational Telecommunications Council itself. A listing of course offerings over the High School Fully Interactive Television Networks in North Dakota and maps showing network structure and coverage are attached. (RAH)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Computer Mediated Communication, Computer Networks, Computer Uses in Education, Distance Education, Educational Media, Educational Television, Elementary Secondary Education, Information Services, Interactive Television, Interactive Video, Online Systems, Public Television, State Surveys, Telecommunications
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: North Dakota