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ERIC Number: ED276544
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1986-Jul
Pages: 20
Abstractor: N/A
Computer Networking with the Victorian Correspondence School.
Conboy, Ian
During 1985 the Education Department installed two-way radios in 44 remote secondary schools in Victoria, Australia, to improve turn-around time for correspondence assignments. Subsequently, teacher supervisors at Melbourne's Correspondence School sought ways to further augument audio interactivity with computer networking. Computer equipment was purchased by the Country Education Project. Modems were provided to six schools in the Mallee region and to the Correspondence School. Additional computers enabled schools to supplement their two-way radio communication with text information. Difficulties were associated with teacher and student lack of keyboard skills, the importance of interactivity, the lack of clear data transfer procedures, and the quality of the radio link. Technically, the computer network using Telecom landlines worked satisfactorily, but use was deterred by cost of landlines. The CPU-100 radio carrier was too slow. Subjective evaluation results indicated radio modem trials between Murrayville and Sea Lake High Schools and the Correspondence School continue but no additional units be purchased until improved; the Correspondence School be provided with a Level 4 facsimile machine; plans for equipment maintenance in remote locations be considered; priority be given to enable students/teachers to acquire keyboarding skills; and attention be given to developing interactive lessons using telecommunications. (NEC)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Victoria Education Dept. (Australia).
Identifiers - Location: Australia
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A