ERIC Number: ED410432
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Jun
Graduate Students' Interests in Technology Training: Results of a Survey.
Fahy, Patrick J.
A two-part survey of 69 students (35 percent response) enrolled in the Master's of Distance Education (MDE) program at Athabasca University in December 1996 addressed three questions: (1) what specific technologies were of most interest to MDE students; (2) whether students accustomed to studying completely at a distance would accept a proposed hands-on technology workshop as part of the course; and (3) whether there were alternatives to requiring participants to come to the workshop. The study consisted of a computer-based questionnaire and telephone interview. One-fourth of respondents were noncommittal on attending the workshop. Many indicated that distance methods and technologies should be used to provide access to the workshop content, without the expense and inconvenience of coming to Edmonton. The technologies rated highest in the survey and mentioned most often in the interviews were World Wide Web-based development and delivery, videoconferencing, and computer conferencing. Respondents desired the following specific skills: technical, leadership, and applications skills; information and knowledge necessary to provide familiarity with the technologies; and the background to enable confident communication with technicians. Students perceived a great need for hands-on experience with technologies. A number of respondents suggested regional workshops. Respondents approved of the use of a wide range of technological options in the workshop. (Five tables are appended.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Computer Uses in Education, Curriculum Development, Distance Education, Educational Methods, Educational Research, Educational Technology, Foreign Countries, Graduate Study, Higher Education, Information Technology, Masters Degrees, Needs Assessment, Student Attitudes, Student Interests, Student Needs, Teacher Education, Technological Advancement
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada