Re: Beyond these walls...

Jeffrey R Galin (galin+@PITT.EDU)
Fri, 27 Sep 1996 13:25:04 -0400

Frank and Marcy,
Yes, I spoke of older folks primarily in my previous post but
there are others of different ages who might want to participate as well.
Seems to me that a life-Long Learning Center would have the best chance of
gaining funding if it were directly geared for older Americans to start.
I can smell grant money and even state or governement support. Then
again, there are folks who are between jobs, doing part time work, in
search of hobbies, or who want to meet others without leaving their homes
who would likely want to get involved if the right marketing and courses
could entice them.

Frank I asumed that a high level of interaction would be part of
the structure of things, as much as we have discussed collaboration
facilitators (rather than teachers). Within the next few months, Netscape
will have Cool Talk available for Macs, as it currently does for Windows
and Sun stations. I just downloaded a chat plugin for netscape that
offers a nice interface for IRC channels. Streaming video technology is
improving in leeps and bounds. for those folks who want to see their
classmates and speak to them on line, the technology will soon be
exceedingly easy to use and ubiquitous for those who have a PC, fast
modem, and internet access. BTW cable modems are about to flood the
market also. There is lots of bandwidth in co-axle cable, and it does not
tie up the phone. As new products hit the market, their PR amd marketing
departments are going to be looking for ways to promote them. This is a
good time to be approaching companies for product donations for pilot
programs. And, the 1983 obsession with the mediocrity of education is
still pushing political buttons these days.
As odd as Eric's initial statements seemed to me, it is clear to
me now that alternatives are definitely available, at least until they
themselves become institutional . . .


On Fri, 27 Sep 1996, Marcy Bauman wrote:

> On Fri, 27 Sep 1996, Frank Griffin wrote:
> > the stimulation of interacting with a class, preferably a class of =
> > various ages. Your DL would need to be interactive to make it more =
> > attractive.
> Sorry, Frank, for not making that clear . . . I was sort of
> taking that as a given, though.
> Marcy
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