Date of Award:

1-1-1968

Document Type:

Thesis

Degree Name:

Master of Science (MS)

Department:

Journalism and Communication

Advisor/Chair:

Rex E. Robinson

Abstract

The purpose of this thesis was to survey facilities at Utah State University and the Uintah Basin Center, develop teaching utilization models which would operate in given situations, and identify problems and recommend areas for further study.

The investigator found the facilities presently used by the Uintah Basin Center adequate or nearly adequate for the use of instructional television. There are also classrooms and auditoriums at Utah State University which can be adapted for the use of television. However, equipment must be purchased in both localities . The Uintah Basin Center also must have a trained technician responsible for the equipment.

In view of the large number of students taking the televised courses each quarter, the investigator recommends the use of large screen projectors rather than monitors at Utah State University . This is not to say that courses taught by television with smaller enrollments per quarter should not use monitors.

The teaching utilization models developed by the investigator for the Uintah Basin Center and Utah State University were similar in nature, but each met the unique requirements for the institution for which it was designed.

As a result of the survey, this writer recommends the appointment of a coordinator for the whole project of determining the effective utilization of television at Utah State University, the Uintah Basin Center, and other continuing education centers as they may develop as a part of Utah State University's instructional program. He also recommends the development of a public relations program to stimulate interest in instructional tele-vis-ion and the development of utilization seminars to instruct those involved in television with effective ways of utilizing course material.

It is the opinion of the writer that the use of television instruction at continuing education centers and institutions of higher learning can be as good as it is planned to be . The success of instructional television is based upon the coordination of the entire television package. This coordination includes the detailed preparation of the physical classroom setting and courses of instruction designed to be effectively utilized in this classroom situation. The interweaving of these elements can provide effective student learning through instructional television.

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