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ERIC Number: ED377830
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994
Pages: 8
Abstractor: N/A
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Online for At-Risk Students: A Success Story.
Sawyer, Kate
Computer-aided learning provides motivation, student responsibility, and workplace competency skills. Because of recent research on at-risk and non-traditional learners, along with the demand for industry-driven instruction, the administration at this vocational/technical school realized that the mere existence of technology is insufficient to motivate students and teachers. Technology has to be integrated into the curriculum. A successful example of this integration is Pittsburgh Technical Institute's two-step program utilizing DIALOG's "Classmate Instruction Program." Online instruction is given first to all beginning students, and again to all final term students as a refresher. Students are taught how to search multiple databases, and how to interpret and evaluate the results. Throughout their coursework, students are allowed to access DIALOG at any time. In order to be fully aware and supportive of the program's goals, all teachers and staff were given a training workshop before the online instruction began. The integration of online searching into the curriculum has produced many positive results: an increase in perceived student enthusiasm; improved student performance, as proven by grade point average and lower attrition rates; increased peer assistance; enhanced employability; and sharpened study and communication skills. (MAS)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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