ERIC Number: ED262242
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-May
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Evaluation Study of an Expanded Distance Education System.
Einsiedel, Albert A., Jr.; Taylor, William H.
A study was conducted to evaluate alternative methods of delivering professional development programs to local government personnel in Alberta. It consisted of the development of the analysis model, the identification and evaluation of selected alternative delivery systems, and the formulation of recommendations based on the study. Three major criteria were selected for evaluating the delivery alternatives: cost, technical feasibility, and impact on learners. Ten options were evaluated: traditional correspondence; correspondence with access to a tutor; correspondence with seminars; supplementary audio/video; audio teleconferencing; audio teleconferencing supplemented by seminars; teleconferencing with one-way video and two-way audio; computer-assisted learning; extended seminars; and regular, on-campus, classroom instruction. Study results suggested the adoption of relatively "low tech" solutions. Recommendations emphasized the redefinition of the roles of, and relationships among, instructional and community resource persons and the adjustment of the course delivery schedule. Conclusions suggested that the appropriate delivery alternative depends on several decision criteria, the weights of which vary depending on the limitation of the technologies being considered, the size and location of the clientele, and the cost involved. (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: Canada