ERIC Number: ED349474
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Jul
Reference Count: 0
Examining Computer Conferencing as a Technique for Enhancing Personnel Development Activities: Final Report for Year Two of a Three Year Interdisciplinary Study.
Torres, Robert; And Others
A 3-year project was undertaken to investigate use of computer conferencing as a technique for enhancing personnel development activities. During year 2, the second objective of the study was addressed--to identify and develop technical and pedagogical topics that could be addressed with computer conferencing techniques. Three technical programs using computer conferencing were developed to meet selected needs of vocational teachers in the Central Region of Ohio. One technical program was developed and piloted in each of these areas: agriculture, trade and industry, and home economics. A pedagogical course was also offered for vocational and preservice vocational teachers. Project Symbiosis, the agriculture technical program, used Participate as the computer conferencing software to integrate the technology of communicating electronically with and among science and agriculture teachers. Little electronic interaction occurred due to teachers' inability to access the system. A trade and industry technical program in hazardous material was also conducted. A technical program in home economics focused on teaching thinking. Strengths of this conference/seminar were teacher development of basic computer skills and teacher enthusiasm for furthering their computer skills for electronic communication. Cost and time constraints were concerns. Participants in the pedagogical program in instructional design were frustrated by problems with the software. (YLB)
Descriptors: Agricultural Education, Computer Software Selection, Curriculum Development, Educational Research, Educational Technology, Faculty Development, Home Economics, Inservice Teacher Education, Microcomputers, Preservice Teacher Education, Program Development, Program Effectiveness, Secondary Education, Seminars, Teleconferencing, Trade and Industrial Education, Vocational Education Teachers
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Ohio State Univ., Columbus. Central Region Vocational Education Personnel Development Center.
Identifiers: Ohio (Central)
Note: For Year 1 final report, see ED 346 296.