ERIC Number: ED347046
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: N/A
Learning Alaska Science at a Distance. Alaska Science Pilot Evaluation Report.
Schultz, Linda; And Others
The Alaska Science Pilot was a one-semester pilot study, undertaken from January to June of 1989 and funded largely by federal Migrant Funds. Students used the high school level general science course called "Alaska Science," which is comparised of ten 3-week text workbook units of study which deal primarily in Alaskan applications of science topics. Ten classroom teachers in districts representing many regions of the state took part in the pilot, beginning with over 100 primarily migrant students. Students and instructors used audioconferences and the University of Alaska Computer Network (UACN) electronic mail service for distance delivery of this course and coordination of this pilot. This pilot investigated three basic questions: (1) Is the revised print-based curriculum format, reading level, and style appropriate for Alaskan migrant students? (2) Does the addition of audio, video, computer, and/or other technological-based lessons enhance learning in migrant students? (3) Do the use of electronic mail and/or other distance delivery mechanisms contribute motivation, student-teacher communication, learning, and the completion rate of science units? Results of this study indicate that electronic mail is a useful classroom tool, increasing student communication skills, motivating and providing incentive for student study, and enriching student knowledge of computer capabilities. The text workbooks wre very well received, and the reading level was appropriate for the majority of students. Students and teachers alike enjoyed the Alaskan perspective and the independent nature of the lessons. The number of units students were able to complete varied from one to five, depending on the activities at the pilot site. The videotaped lessons enhanced instruction and student retention of concepts. Audioconferences were well attended and provided an excellent forum for training and coordination as well as discussion of progress and problems. (Author/KR)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Researchers
Authoring Institution: Alaska State Dept. of Education, Juneau. Centralized Correspondence Study.
Identifiers - Location: Alaska