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Establishing Rural ITFS Distance Education Programs: The California State University, Fresno Experience
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Abstract

The planning and implementing of a rural instructional television fixed service (ITFS) distance education program at California State University-Fresno (CSUF) is described. The three important functions of establishing a distance education program within a learning institution are addressed: telecommunications networking, management infrastructure, and faculty development. Communication between the learner and the teacher is the central issue in distance education and is the element that distinguishes distance learning program development from other types of educational administration. Criteria for a technological needs assessment of telecommunication networks for distance education are discussed. "Organizational readiness" at an educational institution--the cognitive understanding, the psychological acceptance, and the purely administrative structures--is addressed and classroom instructional strategies that are adaptable to the interactive television medium are surveyed. Inaugurated in 1987, the CSUF distance learning program has offered 10 or more credit courses each semester to 17 remote sites in the 4-county service area. (15 references) (Author)

Citation

Hart, R.A. Establishing Rural ITFS Distance Education Programs: The California State University, Fresno Experience. Retrieved January 31, 2023 from .

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