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ERIC Number: ED405826
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Pages: 8
Abstractor: N/A
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Distance Learning and Today's Educational Environment.
Pollack, Thomas A.
The state of Pennsylvania has embarked on a statewide initiative for distance education called the Center for Agile Pennsylvania Education (CAPE) consisting of community colleges and colleges and universities across the state; Duquesne University has joined this state-wide consortium in which members are encouraged to provide courses in areas of strength for sharing and exchange. To facilitate participation, a VTEL technology platform was installed at Duquesne University; it cost approximately $91,000. Cost of transmission is approximately $42 per hour if connecting with another MCI customer and approximately $82 per hour if connecting to another long distance carrier. Other associated costs typically are incurred for rental of the remote site(s), between $30 and $100 per hour of connect time. What has made distance education economically feasible is the fact that full motion video can now be transmitted with reasonably good quality over ISDN (Integrated Services Digital Network) telephone lines. Each school within the University was asked to identify areas and locations which can be targeted as distance education possibilities. Obvious advantages to both school and student are tremendous cost savings on travel and lodging. Other advantages include minimal or non-existent residence requirements, coursework that can be scheduled around work and family, quality of instruction on a par with resident degree programs, and comparable costs. (Contains 17 references.) (AEF)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A