FLORENCE – Francis Marion University recently became a member of the PBS Adult Learning Service. The membership allows the university to purchase a license to preview down-loadable PBS programs for airing on the Time Warner Channel 11 access station.
The campus satellite dish was upgraded and a digital receiver added in order to access the digital channels feeding the PBS programs to members, said Ross Fleming, director of FMU's Cauthen Educational Media Center. Membership allows the university to preview all programs prior to licensing and to license programs at a reduced rate. In the past, the university bought the license for programs without previewing them. In addition, Fleming said, the university receives some programs at no cost and can tape telecourses/teleWEBcourses without paying the normal access charges.
The PBS Adult Learning Service offers a broad range of programs and telecourses. A catalog of available resources is available in the media center. For more information about possible programs, contact Fleming at 843-661-1251.
In the past, the media center purchased individual program licenses. The membership in the adult learning service will save the university money when purchasing rights to air programs, Fleming said. Another advantage, Fleming said, regarding the new service is the increase quality in the pictures received via the satellite, thanks to the digital receiver which was added.
The upgrade and membership was paid through monies received in late 1999 from a $110,000 technology grant the university received through the U.S. Department of Education.