Distance Learning Technology And Applications / Edition 1

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Overview

While emphasizing the engineering-related issues, this book examines the business, engineering, and regulatory factors shaping the growth of the distance learning industry, and proposes specific business and application solutions that can speed the process of industry development. The book examines issues affecting potential providers and users, application and networking solutions, and current efforts to build a National Information Infrastructure.

Distance Learning fills in the gaps in existing literature, with detailed analyses of wide area networking (WAN) services, including ATM, SMDS, Frame Relay, Cable TV, Data Over Cable, Switched Data Services, ISDN (BRI and DRI) and Satellite; application solutions including Groupware, Continuous Presence, Business TV, Video Broadcasting and the Internet community. A valuable resource for:

• Education providers—deepen your knowledge of the links you need to establish with students, and the networking solutions that can provide those links.

• Administrators and IS managers—learn about existing and emerging networking solutions available to you.

• Corporate managers—acquire a sense of the necessary economic investments and potential paybacks.

• Network service providers—pinpoint the needs of the distance learning market, and how your services meet these needs.

• Public policy makers—get updated on the current status of distance learning initiatives and the requirements they impose on the NII.

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Booknews
Describes the business, technical, and regulatory factors shaping the delivery of educational programming to individuals or groups at remote sites, and the resources available to further the industry. Discusses the distance learning environment, the needs of elementary schools and universities, educating corporations, initiatives in the various states and by telephone and cable companies, the national information infrastructure, and the Internet. Also presents several case studies. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780890067390
  • Publisher: Artech House, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/31/1996
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 380
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Ch. 1 Introduction to the Distance Learning Environment 3
Ch. 2 The Distance Learning Needs of K-12 Schools 43
Ch. 3 (Re)Educating the Corporation 79
Ch. 4 Distance Learning Needs of Universities 125
Ch. 5 State-Based Distance Learning Initiatives 145
Ch. 6 NII and the Distance Learning Initiatives of the Federal and State Governments 183
Ch. 7 NII and Distance Learning Initiatives of the Telephone Companies 197
Ch. 8 The Role of the Cable TV Companies and the AAPs 221
Ch. 9 The Internet and Distance Learning 235
Ch. 10 Case Study: Implementing High-Performance IDL Systems in K-12 249
Ch. 11 Case Study of Distance Learning at New York University: The Virtual College 269
Ch. 12 Case Study: Westcott Communications and Distance Learning 299
Appendix 317
Acronyms 333
About the Author 339
Index 341
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