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ERIC Number: ED415407
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Feb-9
Pages: 10
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Humanizing the Technological Learning Experience: The Role of Support Services as Socialization in a Human Resource Development Distance Education Program.
Hatcher, Tim; Craig, Bob
The University of Arkansas developed a distance education (DE) baccalaureate degree program in human resource development (HRD) that may serve as a model for developing DE at any level. The program, which was designed on the basis of a statewide needs assessment and competencies researched by the American Society for Training and Development, is unique from the standpoint of its use of support services. Support services have traditionally been viewed as separate from but supportive of technologically based cognitive and affective learning. In the new HRD program, support services have been defined in terms of factors that support socialization of learners and faculty. When the HRD program was developed, the following five components of effective DE programs were discussed from the standpoint of how their interaction could result in a synergistic and humanizing learning experience for adult learners: organizational philosophy; course content; learner characteristics; location of teachers and learners; and technology/media. After the discussions, instructors in the HRD program adjusted their instructional approaches to accommodate various levels of readiness to learn self-direction and the unique characteristics of adult learners. They also conducted orientation sessions, periodic site visits, and once-per-semester centralized meetings/learning activities with all participants. (Contains 14 references.) (MN)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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