ERIC Number: ED417877
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
The Governor's Pilot Distance Learning Project: The Experiences of Four Wyoming Schools.
Azin-Manley, Mariam; Olson, Christine
This report presents the results of the evaluation of the Governor's Pilot Distance Learning Project conducted during the spring of 1997 in four rural Wyoming high schools that served as pilot sites for the use of compressed video technology. Such technology provides coursework via two-way interactive video and is used in several states as a way of expanding the diversity and equity of curriculum offerings available to geographically disperse populations of students. Sections of the report provide: (1) description of the evaluation methodology employed; (2) an overview of the pilot project in terms of enrollment by course and school, academic performance of student participants, dropout rates, and how the technology was used; (3) a detailed description of what supports will be needed to promote effective statewide implementation of distance learning; (4) participants' perceptions and attitudes about the appropriateness of the technology for different content areas and audiences, perceived benefits, uses of the technology, and the technology itself; (5) state-level issues associated with planning, policies, and governance structures for administering distance learning programs; and (6) a summary of project findings, along with specific recommendations for the next steps in implementing distance learning in Wyoming. Compressed video equipment was used to offer courses in math, business, history, English, social problems, and career development to 85 high school students, of whom 70 completed the semester. Results show that students, staff, and administrators experienced positive effects from the project, and that certain supports will be necessary for large-scale implementation: technology; physical space; staffing; professional development, time, and compensation; scheduling; marketing and lead times; and contingency plans. While participants saw potential for the future use of compressed video technology, they felt it was most appropriate for highly motivated, advanced students. An appendix includes sample logs, survey instruments, report sheets, and site visit methodology. (SAS)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Wyoming State Dept. of Education, Cheyenne.
Authoring Institution: Board of Cooperative Educational Services, Jackson, WY. Region V.
Identifiers - Location: Wyoming