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ERIC Number: ED454915
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Mar
Pages: 7
Abstractor: N/A
Adventures in Teaching via Interactive Television.
Lund, Steven; Sanderson, Lee
Since 1991, Arizona Western College has provided interactive television (ITV) college courses to other sites within and outside of Yuma County (Arizona). This method of course delivery reaches students at distant sites not large enough to support a class and also allows teachers at several sites to offer courses to a larger student pool. It makes available a larger variety of courses, enabling students to take courses necessary for a certificate or degree program. However, ITV course delivery carries with it a distinct set of obstacles to learning. This report explores ways to overcome the barriers commonly associated with ITV instruction, which include: (1) distance--the instructor and students are not in the same room; (2) technology and classroom configuration, which may not be favorable to learning; (3) equipment that may intimidate or distract students; (4) compromised efficiency of traditional classroom activities; (5) limited spontaneity; and (6) video and audio materials that may not be cleared for broadcasting. Strategies to help overcome these barriers include: (1) sending students an introductory letter before the class begins; (2) offering an orientation to the ITV methods and equipment; (3) having a teaching assistant at the distant site(s); (4) soliciting student feedback; (5) visiting the distant site(s) at least once per semester; and (6) periodically rephrasing lecture material to ensure student understanding. (EMH)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A