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This technology survey provides an overview of the educational technology options specifically available in the distance education and open learning arena. It examines technological options and their delivery modes in the context of each application. For each option, a definition is provided. Costs are estimated for each application; and advantages, disadvantages, and availability in Australia are sketched. The following technologies are explored: (1) facsimile transmission; (2) computer mediated communication; (3) audio; (4) audiographic; (5) computer assisted instruction; (6) videoconferencing; and (7) television and teleconferencing. The review of available applications makes it apparent that many organizations in Australia have dabbled in the area of educational technology, but few have evaluated the options formally in terms of their appropriateness for course requirements and learner needs. Three appendixes list features of educational technology, applications, and journals and special interest groups dealing with educational technology. (Contains 54 references.) (SLD)

Descriptors: Audio Equipment, Computer Assisted Instruction, Cost Estimates, Delivery Systems, Distance Education, Educational Technology, Educational Television, Elementary Secondary Education, Facsimile Transmission, Foreign Countries, National Surveys, Open Education, Program Evaluation, Surveys, Technological Advancement, Telecommunications, Teleconferencing

Autor: Tkal, Lucy


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