ERIC Number: ED355934
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Sep-25
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Telelearning: A Second Look. 1990-1991, 1991-1992.
McElveen, Lee K.; Roberts, Sharon P.
Telelearning, Project Outreach, a Louisiana school for Mathematics, Science, and the Arts distance education program has been in operation for 7 years. An incomplete evaluation conducted in 1990-91 was compared to a completed 1991-92 evaluation to demonstrate that evaluations of the same program from different approaches can yield similar results. In 1990-91, 81 schools received 10 subjects, and in 1991-92, 113 schools received 13 high school courses, serving 942 students. The program uses audiographics, a distance education technology that includes a personal computer, an electronic penpad, an audio convener, a modem, and a high resolution monitor. The 1990-91 study was student-focused and student-outcome oriented. The 1991-92 study was teacher-focused and process oriented. The 1990-91 evaluation focused on the effectiveness of the project as perceived by students, who evaluated the delivery system, perceptions of course quality, and teacher effectiveness. The 1991-92 study focused on 15 full-time and 8 part-time teachers and the teaching processes. Both studies used a student attitudinal survey, incorporated on-site student interviews, and emphasized the key role of local proctors. In the second evaluation, teachers were also interviewed. Both studies indicate that students were very positive about the system and comfortable with the technology. Student outcomes and teacher processes highlight the Telelearning project's advantages. (SLD)
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Curriculum Evaluation, Distance Education, Evaluation Methods, Fine Arts, Formative Evaluation, High School Students, High Schools, Mathematics Education, Outcomes of Education, Proctoring, Science Education, Secondary School Teachers, Student Attitudes, Teacher Effectiveness, Teaching Methods, Technological Advancement
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Evaluative
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Identifiers - Location: Louisiana