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This paper discusses issues surrounding the delivery of interactive television systems at Grand Valley State University in Michigan (GVSU). Interactive television (ITV) systems are defined as those systems that connect two or more sites for the purpose of two-way audio and video communication. ITV systems can enable learners to work cooperatively in teams, to develop critical thinking skills, to practice complex problem solving, to be self-directed lifelong learners, and to practice effective communication skills. An instructional design that works well in a traditional classroom may need to be adapted to the ITV environment. As in traditional classroom instruction, the degree to which faculty are skilled in managing the instructional environment is the greatest determining factor in student learning and satisfaction. Therefore, a comprehensive and effective faculty selection and professional development program must be established for training faculty who will teach on the ITV system. Recommendations are offered to guide this process. The successful implementation of a course in an ITV environment requires substantially more planning and effort than is needed for teaching that course in a traditional classroom environment. For that reason, many educational institutions have established faculty compensation systems that recognize this extra effort and time commitment. The compensation system at GVSU has three components: a planning stipend, compensation for extra student load, and a teach-back factor which operates in tandem with travel reimbursement. (SWC)

Descriptors: College Faculty, Compensation (Remuneration), Cooperative Learning, Critical Thinking, Distance Education, Faculty Development, Faculty Workload, Higher Education, Instructional Effectiveness, Interactive Television, Problem Solving

Author: Major, Howard; Levenburg, Nancy


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