ERIC Number: ED416830
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
The Ohio SchoolNet Telecommunity Evaluation.
Hawkes, Mark; Cambre, Marjorie; Lewis, Morgan
This evaluation report is the second in a series addressing the development of the Ohio SchoolNet Telecommunity initiative. Overarching topics for evaluation inquiry include technology deployment, practices in professional development, and impacts of network use on students and teachers. The report is organized by 14 "most frequently asked questions": (1) What criteria are generally used to identify successful distance education? (2) Which projects are using distance learning technologies optimally? (3) Are there common elements in projection implementation? (4) How do different models of distance education compare? (5) Are the projects on track with regard to timelines, hardware acquisition, professional development, and content? (6) Are projects migrating to higher standards? (7) Were planning grants helpful in building a guiding coalition and building capacity for the work? (8) What impacts on student learning is the Telecommunity project responsible for? (9) What impacts on teachers and teaching is the Telecommunity initiative having? (10) Are we developing assessment tools to assess student learning effectively? (11) What does the professional development picture at Telecommunity implementation sites look like and is it sufficient? (12) Is distance learning cost-effective in the Telecommunity sites? (13) Is distance learning promoting equity within the Telecommunity sites? and (14) How are Telecommunity sites leveraging existing technology resources and what are the outcomes? As a comparative resource, this evaluation report also profiles two other projects OWLink in Houston (Texas) and the St. Louis (Missouri) School District that are using two-way, interactive communications technologies to improve student learning. This report contains several tables and figures. (JAK)
Descriptors: Computer Mediated Communication, Computer Networks, Cost Effectiveness, Distance Education, Educational Assessment, Educational Cooperation, Educational Quality, Educational Technology, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Criteria, Grants, Interactive Video, Professional Development, Program Implementation, Student Reaction, Teacher Response, Teleconferencing
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
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Authoring Institution: North Central Regional Educational Lab., Oak Brook, IL.