Distance and mediated learning: an essay from experience

Each quarter, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona broadcasts by microwave three freshman-level courses to participating high schools.Transmitted before and after school (7 a.m., 2 p.m., and 3 p.m.), the classes are taught from a special “wired classroom”. Students view the courses in their high school library, and can speak with the instructor by using a microphone. Although the teacher cannot see the students at the various schools, the interactive audio system provides a lively classroom environment. Testing is done at the respective high schools and homework.