Pedagogical considerations for the Eastern Caribbean Center Telecommunications Project

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Designed to promote the interchange of information and services among the people of the region, the Eastern Caribbean Center Telecommunications Project Network (ECCTP) utilized a network of both audio and computer-linked nodes connected by telephone lines to deliver instruction to remote sites. This network was used by ECCTP to conduct experiments in long-distance teaching from the Spring of 1986. Although most of the experimental classes consisted of computer-oriented content, such as elementary BASIC programming, classes were also taught in biology, English, and remedial mathematics. Classes were taught simultaneously at a home site and at a distant site, for example, a class being presented by an instructor in a classroom on the St. Croix campus of the University of the Virgin Islands was transmitted to a classroom on the St. Thomas campus, and students at both sites participated in the class. A series of four pilot tests encountered various technical problems and identified a need for more careful pre-instructional planning than traditional classroom teaching. Areas that must be considered in planning for the actual provision of instruction include: 1) the relationship of teaching to the instructional objectives, 2) the motivation of students, 3) the monitoring of student learning, 4) managing classroom activities, 5) modeling, and 6) technical capabilities. After the class has been taught, post-instruction evaluation must also be addressed


Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Washington, DC, 20-24 Apr., 1987

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