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ERIC Number: ED407020
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Feb
Pages: 9
Abstractor: N/A
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Reach Out and Touch Someone: Utilizing Two-Way Interactive Audio Video for Distant Audiences.
Cutshall, Rex
In fall 1995, Vincennes University, a two-year college in Indiana, began offering an "Introduction to Business" course to personnel at a manufacturing company located approximately 5 hours from the college. In spring 1996, the same course was also delivered to a high school located over 2 hours from the college. The course was delivered via two-way compressed audio/video technology over existing ISDN telephone lines, allowing the instructor to control all equipment, including local and distant cameras, and allowing students to see each other via television monitors. Costs for developing such a course can range from $25,000 to $100,000 for hardware and monitors, while telephone line charges currently run $25 per hour. Both the employees and high school students adapted well to the format, outperforming a control group of traditional college freshman with respect to grades. Problems experienced with the technology included occasional improper connections and the need for a local proctor during testing. Before establishing distance courses, department chairs must ensure that faculty receive training with the appropriate technical people. Other issues to consider include ensuring that the design of the local classroom facilitates the interface to the equipment and that sound instructional methodologies are used. Finally, faculty concerns related to the perceived threat to their positions on campus and ownership of courses once they leave the local classroom should also be addressed. (HAA)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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