ERIC Number: ED396742
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996
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Designing CBE for Continuing Professional Education.
Deakin Australia (DA) CBE (Continuing Business Education) programs are designed for use in conjunction with print and audio materials which are distributed as distance learning packages to business studies graduates working or planning to work as accountants, who are enrolled in the professional licensing program run by the Australian Society of Certified Practising Accountants (ASCPA). This paper considers DA's approach to CBE in relation to a range of CBE issues: learning context, the temptation to overutilize the capabilities of computer authoring tools, learning styles and motivation, maximization of the value of CBE, and approaches to authoring. Producing CBE as a part of a package of study materials is a vastly different issue than producing a CBE program to be used as a stand alone course of study or an independent reference resource, and it is important to limit the scope of the program for the same reason. Students have a wide range of learning styles and motivation; the CBE instructional designer's role is to provide attractive study options within both computer and paper learning contexts. Current DA CBE projects vary in structure, content, and style, but have certain consistent elements that are based on user feedback from programs in the last two years: (1) programs are applications of theory and/or practical skills practice rather than presentation of learning content, which is contained in printed study guides supported by audio cassette tutorials; (2) programs are modular and allow users to tailor study sessions to their own requirements--content is organized in case studies with randomizing programming techniques to provide unique problems for user analysis; and (3) programs provide several levels of help for user consultation plus detailed feedback on program tasks. A program with an analytical treatment of professional ethics is underway. In the Deakin Australia CBE instructional environment, two guiding principles have emerged: "small is beautiful" and "will this help candidates to prepare efficiently for the examination." (SWC)
Descriptors: Accountants, Authoring Aids (Programming), Business Education, Continuing Education, Distance Education, Foreign Countries, Independent Study, Learning, Licensing Examinations (Professions), Multimedia Instruction, Postsecondary Education, Professional Training, Program Development, User Needs (Information)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: In: Learning Technologies: Prospects and Pathways. Selected papers from EdTech '96 Biennial Conference of the Australian Society for Educational Technology (Melbourne, Australia, July 7-10, 1996); see IR 017 931.