ERIC Number: ED313017
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-May
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Designing for International Teletraining.
Chute, Alan G.; Shatzer, Linda S.
The ability to bridge together geographically-distant populations for training is made possible through teletraining, a human performance system which integrates telecommunications into the planning, design, and delivery of training programs. Typically, teletraining uses standard telephone lines or digital communication services to provide interactive audio, audio-graphic, and video programs that are viewed at all locations on the teleconference. (As few as two locations and as many as 100-plus locations have participated in international teleconferences.) The value of saving the cost of travel time increases its appeal, and linking experts to learners globally has many benefits. However, a successful teletraining experience requires appropriate awareness of cultural differences and instructional design strategies, as well as adequate preparation for the technical support required to deliver the course. Audio teletraining, audio-graphic teletraining, and video teletraining are described, the advantages and disadvantages of each are discussed, and guidelines for the design and development of teletraining programs are provided. Cultural considerations in designing international distance education environments, based on Geert Hofstede's model, are also considered. A description of an international teletraining program, which was held as part of the 1988 convention of the Association of European Correspondence Schools in Istanbul, Turkey, concludes the paper. (5 references) (GL)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive
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