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ERIC Number: ED387123
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995
Pages: 12
Abstractor: N/A
The Operating Technician's Role in Video Distance Learning.
Olesinski, Raymond L.; And Others
Operating technicians play a number of roles in video, or televised, distance learning programs, the most obvious being the operation and support of the technology itself. Very little information exists, however, about the non-technical activities of technicians that may influence the instruction process. This paper describes these activities during the pre-instructional, instructional, and post-instructional phases of the video distance learning process. The study population consisted of four operating technicians from four sites of a university-based video distance learning program using compressed video technology. Their views were solicited as part of an evaluation of the institution's health professionals distance learning programs. Data were collected during a single focus group session conducted over the compressed video system. The interview guide for the session was based on important considerations identified by a review of distance learning literature. A thematic analysis was performed on session transcripts. Conclusions were accepted if they met two criteria: author group consensus and consistency with raw data. Results indicate that operating technicians undertake activities that can directly or indirectly influence the video distance learning environment. Directly, they can influence the learning environment by assisting instructors with course logistics and testing, operating and maintaining the technology, and controlling broadcast production and quality. Indirectly, they influence the learning environment by orienting participants to the technology, reducing the anxiety of participants about their involvement with the technology, and advising on instructional technique. It was also found that technicians do arrive at opinions about the competence of instructors to teach using video technology, and that these opinions are not always conveyed to instructors, and that technicians underestimate their ability to influence and improve the learning environment. (MAS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A