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ERIC Number: ED369590
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Mar
Pages: 9
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A Partnership in Training: A Distance Learning Approach to In-Service Training in Rural Communities.
Knapczyk, Dennis; And Others
The key to preparing today's teachers to carry out their professional responsibilities is not necessarily found in high-priced technologies, but rather in a new level of cooperation between universities and public schools and in new ways to deliver coursework. Indiana University offers inservice teacher education coursework through interactive communications technology at an expense comparable to that of traditional, campus-based instruction. Teacher participants are members of school-based collaborative groups and implement the concepts and practices presented in the courses in practica in their own classrooms. The program continues for an entire school year, and teachers have ongoing access to their instructors through interactive communications technology. The technologies used are basic, low-cost, and reliable, and include speaker phones, facsimile machines, audiographics, Macintosh computers, modems, overhead projectors, and several software packages. The choice of technologies to deliver teacher training through distance education should take into account the following principles: (1) use what is available; (2) choose reliability over sophistication; and (3) let program goals drive technology decisions. Among the general principles for structuring coursework in distance education, three areas are addressed particularly well by this program. These areas are promoting ownership through on-site coordination, promoting application of instruction to on-the-job situations, and encouraging collaboration among teachers. (SV)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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