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', JULY 24,17.



U of D Schedules Freshman TV Classes in Falll




Father Steiner Encourages
Wide, But Wise' Video Use

Special to The Daily
DETROIT-"The wide, but wise;
use of television as an educational
tool will one day be regarded as.
the most significant development
in the history of American educa-
These are the recent words of
the Very Rev. Fr. Celestin John
Steiner, president of the Univer-
sity of Detroit, the college which
is beginning a complete tele-
course schedule for freshmen this
fall. I
Students wishing to enroll in
this curriculum will be allowed to
take 15 hours using their tele-.
vi::on set at home for lectures
ar.d demonstrations. They will be
required to go to the U of D cam-
pus for discussions and examina-
At least 100 students are ex-
pected to volunteer for this ex
periment. Thcy will be compared
to matched groups taking the
same courses either by watching
the telecourses inside the class-
room or by following the conven-
tional lecture method.
Screen No Substitute
"The television screen," Father
Steiner insists, "is not a substi-
tute for the living teacher. But it
does make it possible for a good
instructor to teach many students
and bo intimate with each one in
his private home."
Father Steiner says that the
use of teachers on television will
guarantee students tutors who are
fully qualified, integrated, intel-
lectually aware, and morally and
socially mature persons.
Referring to some objections to

the "passive" nature of teleview-
ing, he rebutted, "Books were also
called 'passive' at first. I do not{
believe that the old technique of
listening to a professor drone in
his notes is particularly more ac-
tive than watching television.''
Television has one advantage
oyer other communication media
Father Steiner explained, because
it is a combination of music and
art, language and gestures, rhe-
toric and color.
Constant Shift
Distance and angle is constant-
ly shifting, the same scene is
shown in multiple perspective and
focus, and the viewer sees the pro-
gram from "here, there, and ev-
Finally, the viewer is drawn in-'
exorably into the screen, ceasing
to become a spectator, and becom-
ing an active participant in the
learning process.
"As educators," he said, "we
should not desire to hold onto old
practices just because they are
We should be willing, he elabor-
ated, to always entertain new no-
ticis of better ways of teachzng.
"There is no law," the Univer-
sity president emphasized, "that
a school campus or even a formal
semester is necessary for effec-
tive education.
Beliefs Revised
"Also, there is no reason to be-
lieve that young men and women
who want an education must be
forced to attend class and fulfill
assignments. Nor, on a college lev-'
el, is a certain teacher-pupil ratio
necessary to effective education."

Here's How
It Works ...
The University of Detroit Tele-
course schedule will allow, for the
first time in any, institution of
higher learning, beginning fresh-
men to take a full-credit 15-hour
college program through their
home television receivers.
The students will be required to
go to campus once or twice a week,
depending on the courses they are
taking, for regular quiz and dis-
cussion sessions, special tests, in-
dividual conferences, and final ex-
The day-course schedule will be
presented in 30-minute periods in
the afternoon.
Courses will be given in intro-

ductory psychology, rhetoric and
composition, elementary Spanish,
development of Western civiliza-
tion, and theology - The Public
Life of Christ. Theology will not
be required of non-Catholic stu-
Students in a night 5chool cur-
riculum may take a smaller course
load at a reduced rate and watch
the telecourses on their sets in the
Programs will be transmitted
over station WTVS, Channel 56,
the Detroit Educational Television
Foundation station.
Since most students' television
sets are not equipped to receive
Ultra-High Frequency stations,
the University is arranging with
local dealers to place on sale new
sets, carrying both the regular
Very High Frequency channels
(2 to 13) and UHF channels, for

$145 including the price of an an-
tenna and. its installation.
The normal charge of enroll-
ment for a full-time student has
been reduced from $242 to $100
for those taking the telecourse
It is the hope of the Very Rev.
Fr. Celestin J. Steiner, University
of Detroit President, that the re-
duced tuition will be an incentive
for many students to purchase a
"second set" which will be used
primarily for educational pur-
poses and serve as an intellectual
center in the home.


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. . . to present educational TV
Father Steiner was especially
concerned with the "illusion" of
a necessarily low teacher-pupil
ratio. "If thousands, or even mil-
lions of people enjoy a good pro-
grai, that does not mean the pro-
gram is bad."
"Weren't most .,lassics in litera-
ture," he asked, "light entertain-
ment that was popular with the
multitudes? Certainly, a book's
value is not diminished with an
increase of readers."
Various Media
Each medium communicates a
different aspect of reality, he ex-
plained. Oral language is- impor-
tant in education, but just as
books did not destroy its impor-
tance, neither will radio or tele-
Father Steiner asserted that "it
is not a matter of choice, but ne-
cessity, that we must discover
ways of better utilizing the staff
and facilities we have now to pro-
vide every deserving student with
an education beyond high school.
"All figures," tie explained, "in-
dicate that the number of stu-
dents who want a college educa-
tion will double in the next ten
In Michigan alone, authorities
predict, according to Father
Steiner, there will be 300,000 stu-
dents in 1967 wanting a higher
education, as compared to the
present 150,000.
Facilities Doubled?
"I doubt very much if anybody
seriously believes that our edu-
cational staff and facilities can be
doubled in the next ten years."
He said that a television lecture
has a fixed cost, no matter how
many persons view it. There will
only be a need for auxiliary per-
sonnel for leading on-campus dis-
cussion groups (the fall U of D
Plan schedules one or two a week,
depending on the courses) and the
administration of examinations
and other routine matters.
"The University of Detroit is
viewing with an open mind,"
Father Steiner said, "all current
and planned experimentation di-
rected to the more effective utili-
zation of our teaching resources."
The teacher, Father Steiner
added, must be made to accept
more student responsibility for his
studies. It must also be assumed
that when a student chooses to
pursue a course of higher learn-
ing, he does not always have to
remain within the confines of a
classroom to gain his objectives.


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opposite Campus Theatre
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8 Nickels Arcade

GEOGRAPHY VIA TELEVISION -- Prof. Stanislau Budzinowski
instructs a non-credit course through the U of D television studios.

NO 2-2914

All Sales Final . . .








Wednesday and Thursday, July 24 and


Bargains Galore in Ann Arbor's Famous Mid-Summer


CITY BUS SERVICE to All Shopping Areas

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Tokens 5 for $1.00

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U. of M. Students and Children 15c


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