Teaching by television

March 18, 2015

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — With WPSU Penn State celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, we have for Throwback Thursday a circa 1979 photo of Professor G. Kenneth Nelson teaching “Accounting 101 Live” on television from a studio in Mitchell Building. "G.K." as he was known, taught the class this way from 1957 until his retirement in 1986, beginning with closed-circuit broadcasts and then later airing on what was then WPSX-TV.

In "Accounting 101 Live," Nelson was able to teach hundreds of students located in multiple classrooms, at one time. An audio feedback system allowed the students to ask Nelson questions — each classroom proctor would push a button if a student had a question, which in turn would light up a panel in front of Nelson, who would then listen to the question and give his answer on the air.

The station — now WPSU Penn State — has been dedicated to providing educational opportunities to the University community since its founding in 1965, the same year it offered its first credit class, Art History 10. Today, WPSU Penn State works closely with Penn State World Campus to develop video content for online courses.

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Last Updated March 24, 2015