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ERIC Number: ED426410
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Apr
Pages: 9
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TV Teachers and Regurgitation: The Implications of Using Telecourses to Teach English Studies.
Accetta, Randy
This paper maintains that although telecourses can be an excellent tool for providing information, they can also be abused and misused. The paper argues that if certain theoretical and practical issues are not addressed regarding the ways emerging technologies such as telecourses are used in higher education, the consequences may be staggering. Recounting the experiences of an instructor at Pima Community College (PCC) in Tucson, Arizona, who has developed writing telecourses, the paper first provides background information on the particular case of PCC and then provides information on telecourses in general. The paper raises the following concerns about using telecourses to teach English studies: (1) because telecourses are "canned" and distributed for years on end, even though they may use cutting-edge pedagogy at the time of production these courses become immediately out-dated; (2) a study of the influence of telecourses on the faculty who teach them suggests that "the longer instructors teach via distance educational technology, the more their teaching approaches in both traditional and distance settings tend to resemble each other"; (3) while telecourses enable students who are single working mothers to enter academic and professional communities previously denied them, these courses also continue to isolate and marginalize them; (4) by its nature, one-way, non-interactive telecourses will never be places for the consistent group learning that sparks critical thinking; and (5) in a similar vein, the "telecourse voice" must be questioned. Questions are asked about who will create future telecourses and who benefits from the increased advertising and the decreased retention rates, given that retention rates are universally low. (Contains 4 notes and 15 references.) (NKA)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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