ERIC Number: ED386227
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Apr-24
Interactive Televised Instruction: Factors To Consider.
Hall, Charles W.
For the first 2 years of operation, the Instructional Television Services (ITS) at Mohave Community College, in Arizona, operated in a very traditional manner, utilizing two cameras and an operator at each site. To increase the efficiency of the television services, surveillance cameras were installed at sites and were operated from the district switchboard, eliminating the need for on site camera operators and saving the program over $400,000 in the ensuing 10 years. Currently, the ITS program runs approximately 6 days a week from 8:00 am to 10:00 pm. Other features of the reconfigured program include the following: (1) there are now four cameras at each site, covering the corner, back of room, overhead, and a desk camera showing instructor's examples; (2) the old permanently-on microphones have been replaced by push-to-activate mikes, reducing ambient noise; (3) wiring is in channels under the tables to discourage vandalism; (4) ceiling microphones have been installed to monitor classroom activities; (5) to facilitate communications between the district and sites, a courier service is in operation and the microwave system carries three telephone lines, two data lines, and one signal line to each site plus the audio and video signals for the ITS system; and (6) for security, tests and handouts are placed in special colored envelopes signed by faculty and all examinations are videotaped. The initial system was implemented in 1983-84 for $300,000, while this new phase cost $1.3 million. (KP)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Association of Community Colleges (75th, Minneapolis, MN, April 22-25, 1995).