ERIC Number: ED394773
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Mar
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The Instructor-Producer Relationship: A Partnership for Effective Distance Education.
Ludlow, Barbara L.; Duff, Michael C.
Distance education is becoming a major delivery mechanism for teacher education programs in special education, especially for rural areas. Whatever the delivery system, telecourses depend on the mutual efforts of an instructor and a producer to satisfy the demands of both academic content and production values. Both instructor and producer have equal and complementary roles and responsibilities in designing and delivering telecourses. Thus, a productive instructor-producer relationship is the cornerstone of successful telecourse instruction. The keys to such a relationship are relationship building activities, collaborative efforts, and coordinated action. Some strategies for developing an effective working relationship are: (1) spending sufficient time together to develop understanding and appreciation of each other's knowledge, working style, strengths, and weaknesses; (2) observing the other at work so that the instructor understands production activities, and the producer understands the instructor's style and purpose; (3) sharing individual areas of expertise so that each partner understands the other's perspective well enough to support mutual goals; (4) devising formats that match technical procedures of the producer to content purposes of the instructor; and (5) critiquing taped sessions together, especially when the instructor and producer first begin to work together. Successful partnerships take time to develop; an ongoing relationship between one producer and one instructor across one or more telecourses results in the most productive working relationship. (Contains 25 references.) (TD)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Guides - Non-Classroom; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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