ERIC Number: ED384828
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
Using Multimedia for Distance Learning in Adult, Career, and Vocational Education. Information Series No. 362.
Stammen, Ronald M.
This paper explores how educators are using multimedia for distance learning, beginning with definitions of the concepts of multimedia, hypermedia, hypertext, distance education and distance learning. Three types of telecommunications technologies are described: multimedia with broadcast television, multimedia with interactive video (television), and computer-mediated communication networks. The educational opportunities opened up by the Internet and the emergence of the virtual classroom provide examples of the multiple options available for delivery of distance education. The paper examines some of the problems and issues raised by electronic influences and the technical, structural, and attitudinal barriers raised by resistance to technological developments. Instructional challenges and responsibilities that arise as these new technologies alter conceptions of teaching and learning are addressed. Suggestions for using multimedia with telecommunications technologies are presented. Options for using an overhead optical viewer and descriptions of experiments around the United States provide detailed examples of creative uses of multimedia. Finally, the paper suggests what adult, career, and vocational educators need to know in order to use these technologies for effective instruction. The degree of facilitator skill and knowledge and the time and resources available all contribute to the effectiveness of distance instruction. Most important perhaps is the imagination required to envision the new ways of expanding human potential that these technological tools afford. (SK)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Career Education, Computer Mediated Communication, Computer Networks, Distance Education, Educational Technology, Educational Television, Hypermedia, Interactive Television, Multimedia Instruction, Telecommunications, Teleconferencing, Vocational Education
Publications, Center on Education and Training for Employment, 1900 Kenny Road, Columbus, OH 43210-1090 (order no. IN362: $8).
Publication Type: ERIC Publications
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Adult, Career, and Vocational Education, Columbus, OH.