ERIC Number: ED420301
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Reference Count: N/A
The WESTNET Program--SUNY Brockport and the SUNY Campuses in Western New York State: A Case Study in the Benefits and Costs of an Interactive Television Network.
This case study describes a collaborative effort among 10 campuses of the State University of New York (SUNY) to establish a shared distance learning network in western New York state. Participating campuses, led by SUNY Brockport, made a proposal to the SUNY system Office of Educational Technology to form WESTNET, a distance learning network that would provide two-way compressed video connections and related classroom equipment at each of the member institutions. The proposal was funded, the network established, and courses were first offered in the spring 1997 term. This study discusses the background and context of WESTNET implementation; WESTNET cost estimates, including comparisons to a traditional lecture-based course; and benefits of WESTNET in terms of student learning outcomes (in grades and attitudes), institutional renewal and growth, course sharing, and faculty development opportunities. An appendix includes a table showing mean responses of the student attitude survey. (AEF)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. on Postsecondary Education, Libraries, and Lifelong Learning (ED/OERI), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: State Higher Education Executive Officers Association.; California State Univ., Seal Beach. Office of the Chancellor.; Interuniversity Communications Council (EDUCOM), Washington, DC.; State Higher Education Executive Officers Association.