OUS Fact Book 2000
Distance Education Networks

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Oregon University System Distance Education Networks

DAS Data and Video Services (Formerly ED-NET)

Oregon ED-NET was established as a state agency in 1989 to develop and operate an educational telecommunication network throughout the state. In 1998, ED-NET became part of the Oregon Department of Administrative Services (DAS), and was renamed Data and Video Services (DVS). Oregon University System (OUS) is a major user of DVS, offering over 120 courses and accounting for 80% of Network II programming during the last two years. Network II is a compressed, satellite-based, videoconferencing network which offers two-way video and audio connections to 39 learning centers throughout the state including all OUS campuses and community colleges. Network II services will terminate on June 30, 2001.

During the summer of 2000, DVS began construction of a new Internet protocol (IP) videoconferencing network. The network connects over 230 high schools and Education Service Districts (ESDs) in Oregon with two-way video and audio conferencing services. OUS and the community colleges plan to transfer distance education programs from Network II to the new IP video network during the 2000-2001 academic year.

OWEN (The Oregon WidE-area Network)

OWEN is a collaboration among three state computer networks to realize cost savings by sharing bandwidth and access to Internet providers. The three networks include the Oregon University System (OUS) NERO network, the Oregon Department of Administrative Services (DAS) network, and OPEN, the state's K-12 network. OWEN provides online access to courses, research materials, and other educational services.

ISDN Videoconferencing (PictureTel/Lucent/Polycom)

OUS operates an ISDN-based (H.320) videoconferencing system for administrative and distance education use. In 1998, OUS upgraded the system with a new Lucent Multipoint Conferencing Unit (MCU). The Lucent MCU allows OUS institutions to connect with a wide variety of H.320 videoconferencing units worldwide.

Oregon WIN (Oregon Wireless Instructional Network)

Oregon WIN is a consortium of OUS institutions, community colleges, and K-12 schools that has entered into a public/private agreement to create a multi-channel ITFS (Instructional Television Fixed Service) video and data network in the Willamette Valley. Oregon WIN has an excess capacity lease agreement with American Telecasting, Inc. (ATI), a wholly owned subsidiary of Sprint Corporation. Under the agreement, ATI bears the cost of constructing and maintaining the educational network. The ITFS system delivers courses, seminars and cultural events directly to homes, learning centers, businesses, and schools from Eugene to Portland. Sprint uses the leased spectrum to provide wireless, highspeed Internet services to homes and businesses.

Source: OUS Office of Academic Affairs.

Revised: March 2001
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