ERIC Number: ED381326
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Mar
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Distance Education As a Future Trend for Pre and Inservice Education.
Williams, Ellen U.; And Others
Inservice training and staff development for rural schools are complicated by limited access to advanced training programs, limited financial resources, and a high attrition rate among rural educators. One way in which rural schools and universities can collaboratively work to fill this void is through distance education, which can help rural schools offer courses for which a certified teacher is not available, or deliver inservice training for faculty and staff. Because there are a number of distance education technology systems available, it is important that rural schools consider which system best meets their needs. One example of a rural training program that uses distance education in Project CREST (Collaboration in Rural Education for Special Teachers), undertaken by the Department of Special Education at Bowling Green State University (Ohio). Project CREST provides preservice and inservice training in special education service delivery and problem solving appropriate to rural areas. CREST faculty spend 1 week each month on site with participants. During the remaining 3 weeks, the Internet is used for videoconference transmission. Participants demonstrate competencies and skills at practicum sites. Since there are typically no long distance telephone charges, use of this configuration may provide a low-cost approach to the delivery of professional training in rural schools. (TD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive; Information Analyses
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Identifiers: Bowling Green State University OH; Internet
Note: In: Reaching to the Future: Boldly Facing Challenges in Rural Communities. Conference Proceedings of the American Council on Rural Special Education (ACRES) (Las Vegas, Nevada, March 15-18, 1995); see RC 020 016.