ERIC Number: ED450707
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999
Implementation and Implications of Digital Services in Learning Centers.
Foelsche, Otmar K. E.
Few learning centers exist without some level of digital services. On the most basic level, this may be a low-end computer with a printer for word processing. On a more advanced level, there may be dozens of high-end networked computers connected to the Internet. Dartmouth College's Language Lab has gone through various transformations. Until 1987, the mission of the center was clearly defined: to provide language learning support services via cassette tape, playback and recording facilities, as well as copying facilities for all language students on campus. Today, there is still a need for these traditional services, but they are now being delivered via different technologies. Additional services are being requested through new technologies as old technologies fade away. There seems to be little doubt that language centers will eventually transform from a facility that is focused exclusively on languages to a facility that is focused on many disciplines. This paper addresses the challenges of digital versus analog services, network bandwidth, and delivery over internal and external networks, server technology, conversion technology, platform compatibility issues, and implications for learning and teaching. It reports on Dartmouth's experience and provides information on planning for, and implementation, implications, and cost effectiveness of a move to digital services. Fifteen issues that were to guide the implementation process at Dartmouth's Language Resource Center are listed. Of these areas, the following are briefly addressed: 24-hour access; audio, video, and slide quality; CD-ROM packages; compatibility and standards; archiving; distance education; maintaining traditional services, phasing out, and phasing in of digital services; users bearing some of the cost of access; personnel; space; and ownership/copyright issues. (AEF)
Descriptors: Computer Uses in Education, Educational Resources, Educational Technology, Higher Education, Information Services, Information Technology, Instructional Materials, Language Laboratories, Learning Resources Centers, Nonprint Media, Technological Advancement
For full text: http://www.educause.edu/conference/e99/proceedings.html.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: In: EDUCAUSE '99: Celebrating New Beginnings. [Proceedings] (Long Beach, CA, October 26-29, 1999); see IR 020 580.