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New technologies for distance education : a needs assessment at the delivery site

Agricultural Communications Documentation Center (ACDC)
Lee, Paul (main author), Rubinyi, Robert (author), Scipioni, Carol (author), Rubinyi: Minnesota Extension Service technology systems leader, Telecommunications Development Center technology specialist, and Assistant Professor, Minnesota Extension Service, University of Minnesota; Scipioni: Minnesota Extension Service information systems leader, Telecommunications Development Center information specialist, Minnesota Extension Service, University of Minnesota; Lee: Telecommunications Development Center Communications director, Minnesota Extension Service, University of Minnesota
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Agricultural Communications Documentation Center, Funk Library, University of Illinois Box: 76
James F. Evans Collection, St. Paul, MN : University of Minnesota, Telecommunications Development Center, Minnesota Extension Service, 1989. 8 p. (TDC Research Report No. 4), New educational technologies have emerged and are being applied in a variety of settings, including distance education. Which of these technologies will prove to be of value to outreach educators is not fully known. A needs assessment was undertaken among Minnesota Extension Service field staff to determine potential applicability of these technologies at the delivery site - the local county extension office. Participants in the study were introduced to four new technologies -- CD-ROM, audiotex, satellite teleconferencing, and interactive videodisc kiosk -- and asked to rate their applicability to the county extension office. Computer communication and educational software, and educational support technologies (e.g., desktop publishing, facsimile machine, voice mail, etc.) were also assessed. The study found that most of the technologies have an application for Extension, but that expense, technical demands, and training provide barriers to adoption and implementation.