ERIC Number: ED218039
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Jul
Reference Count: 0
Computer-Assisted Audiovisual Training Methods for Rural Staff Development Programs.
McNeece, C. Aaron
The state-of-the art review suggests that human services agencies in rural areas can provide adequate staff training through the use of high technology training systems. Training equipment discussed includes: videotapes, microcomputers for computer-assisted instruction (CAI) or computer-managed instruction (CMI), solenoid-operated videocassette recorders coupled with computers, and the advantages of videodiscs for CAI and/or CMI. Results are reported from a 1979 survey of 400 companies which revealed that microcomputers for training could be successful and cost effective when: (1) the training problem was delineated and investigated before a computer system was advocated; (2) applications were individualized for learner needs; (3) projects were integrated with a larger educational environment; (4) training was integrated into the work environment; and (5) training programs were interactive with the student. Also provided is a description of the Florida Title IV-A Project, which is developing staff training packages and purchasing high technology training equipment to be used to upgrade the knowledge and skills of public service workers. It was concluded (from lessons learned thus far from the Project) that agency training staff must be thoroughly convinced of the advantages of using high technology equipment for it to be successful. (AH)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the National Institute on Social Work in Rural Areas (6th, Beaufort County, SC, July 26-29, 1981).