ERIC Number: ED407603
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-May
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An evaluation was conducted of a multinational virtual seminar held from January through March 1997 on delivering distance education using the latest technology. The seminar was organized by the University of Maryland University College (Maryland) and the University of Oldenburg (Germany). Participants interacted with experts and, to a lesser-extent, with each other through electronic mail. They also participated in face-to-face seminars. Evaluation questionnaires completed by 41 participants (and 4 who were not enrolled but completed surveys) showed that all participants liked the seminar and most would participate again, if the price were $200 or less. The technical details of the seminar worked very well in most cases, and participants were not intimidated by the technical arrangements. The number of participants decreased throughout the seminar, which was not unexpected given that there were no firm expectations and deadlines. The seminar was found to provide top-quality professional development at a low price for many people. It proved that professional development in distance education can be carried out in a virtual seminar. (KC)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Adult Educators, Audiotape Recordings, Computer Uses in Education, Cost Effectiveness, Distance Education, Educational Media, Educational Technology, Electronic Mail, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Instructional Innovation, Multimedia Instruction, Professional Development, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Seminars, Teaching Methods, Videotape Recordings
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Fern Univ., Hagen (Germany). Inst. for Research into Distance Education.