ERIC Number: ED429486
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Reference Count: N/A
The Education Network of Maine: A Case Study in the Benefits and Costs of Instructional Television. Case Studies in Evaluating the Benefits and Costs of Mediated Instruction and Distributed Learning.
This case study examined the benefits and costs of instructional television as employed by the Education Network of Maine (ENM) through its distance learning initiative. Data were obtained from the 1995-96 and 1996-97 academic years. In fall term 1996, there were 3,264 students enrolled in network courses, about 10.6 percent of system enrollment. A total of 779 students who were enrolled in 23 network courses at either a receiving site (remote) or a studio broadcast site (where students were in the classroom with the instructor) during spring 1996 were surveyed. It was found that responses from both sites were generally favorable toward the courses and the logistical arrangements. A significant difference in average grades was found in only one course. Cost estimates indicated that classroom instruction was the least expensive mode for low enrollment courses (25 students), and that the costs of moderate enrollment courses (110 students) were essentially equal for classroom and network instruction. In high demand courses (220 students), network instruction was estimated to be 47 percent less expensive than classroom instruction. (MDM)
Descriptors: Case Studies, College Students, Cost Effectiveness, Distance Education, Educational Television, Higher Education, Interactive Television, Outcomes of Education, Student Attitudes, Telecourses
Information Resources and Technology, Chancellor's Office, California State University, P.O. Box 3842, Seal Beach, CA 90740-7842; Tel: 562-985-9156; Web site: http://www.calstate.edu/special projects
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. on Postsecondary Education, Libraries, and Lifelong Learning (ED/OERI), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: California State Univ., Seal Beach. Office of the Chancellor.; EDUCAUSE, Washington, DC.; State Higher Education Executive Officers Association.