ERIC Number: ED333189
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Jun-30
Model Vocational Education Distance Learning Project. Project Number: 88420032-57.
Allen, Kathryn; Carl, David
A Texas project developed a model distance learning program for a Health Care Science course. It determined the feasibility of using a distance learning delivery system for providing small rural districts with additional vocational education options. Activities included advisory committee selection, course development and support material selection, preparation of an outline of semester topics, and preparation of evaluation instruments. Media selected for delivering instruction were print materials, audioconferencing, electronic mail, computer-assisted instruction, and videotapes. Ten female high school students at three sites participated. The delivery model was found to be effective, acceptable, and viable. Seven characteristics of an effective distance learning model cited in"Learning at a Distance" were incorporated. A number of evaluation procedures monitored progress and success: precourse evaluations; weekly reports; electronic mail and site managers audioconferencing; class assignments, tests, and student presentations; student success; postcourse evaluation and student interviews; and site manager interview. Grades earned by students on assignments and tests showed they were able to learn as effectively as if they had been in a traditional classroom. Before and after taking the course, students maintained a positive attitude about distance learning. Site managers and school administrators indicated a strong desire to continue distance learning. (Instruments and survey results are appended.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Allied Health Occupations Education, Computer Assisted Instruction, Curriculum Development, Delivery Systems, Demonstration Programs, Distance Education, Electronic Mail, Feasibility Studies, Health Services, High Schools, Models, Program Development, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Program Implementation, Rural Education, Rural Schools, School Districts, Telecommunications, Teleconferencing
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Texas Education Agency, Austin.
Authoring Institution: Texas Univ., Austin. Extension Instruction and Materials Center.
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