ERIC Number: ED394768
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Mar
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Technology and Rural Special Education: Models and Methods for Preparing Teachers.
Thurston, Linda P.; Sebastian, Joan
Providing inservice education for rural special education personnel is often a problem. Educational technology offers inservice and preservice education at rural sites and brings the "rural context" to university classrooms. This paper presents three models that employ technology to prepare personnel to serve rural children with disabilities. The Department of Special Education at the University of Utah developed a model for delivering teacher education at a distance. The four basic components of this program are: (1) recruiting local rural teacher candidates; (2) identifying and training master educators for on-site facilitation; (3) utilizing telecommunications technology for communication and course delivery; and (4) designating a distance education coordinator. Kansas State University developed electronic delivery of an internship course required for certification in special education. Students must have access to a computer and the Internet, and communicate with instructors, advisors, and each other utilizing E-mail. Using the FirstClass System, students access materials and instructions developed by the instructors, and leave completed assignments on the server for faculty and other students to view and provide feedback. This delivery system is particularly appropriate for highly individualized and self-directed courses, such as this internship. KSU also developed a series of multimedia training modules about child and family issues. These interactive modules combine the benefits of hypertext and hypermedia and are easily transportable to rural settings. Compared to traditional instructional methods, the development of interactive multimedia instruction is complex, labor-intensive, and expensive, but has the advantages of timeliness, flexible training periods, effectiveness, and multiple applications. (Contains nine references.) (TD)
Descriptors: Computer Uses in Education, Delivery Systems, Distance Education, Higher Education, Hypermedia, Information Networks, Inservice Teacher Education, Instructional Innovation, Internet, Internship Programs, Models, Multimedia Instruction, Rural Schools, Special Education Teachers, Telecommunications
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers: Kansas State University; University of Utah
Note: In: Rural Goals 2000: Building Programs That Work; see RC 020 545.