ERIC Number: ED423878
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
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Development and Implementation of a Distance Delivery Program for Training District Instructional Employees in the Use of the Internet and E-mail for Research, Professional Development, and Incorporation of Technology into the Curriculum.
Pahal, Debra L.
The purpose of this practicum was training faculty to enhance incorporation of technology into classroom teaching and learning by becoming comfortable and efficient with the equipment and software available for their use, while providing quality professional development experiences, earning continuing education units, through a distance delivery, any time/any place learning mechanism. The training consisted of two different components: hands-on face-to-face training and distance delivery training via the Internet. The main focus of the hands-on training was to equip the participants with the necessary skills needed to effectively utilize the technology available to them and prepare them for the distance delivery portion of the practicum. This was accomplished through the use of the Web site, created for this study, linked from the school district home page. Each component of the Web site was an important tool for aiding participants in successful completion of the training. Hands-on skills' training was an integral part of preparing the participants for the training to be completed by distance delivery. Also included in this phase was training on the use of electronic chat software and threaded discussion board techniques to be used by participants for interaction, communication, and collaboration during the distance delivery phase. Web page development was an essential part of the practicum component. By the end of the practicum, every represented school had a presence on the Web and every participant had a personal home page. Ten tables and figures illustrate findings. Appendices include county school district instructional faculty surveys, memos, sample post-test, printouts of technology for teachers web site, monthly instructional modules from web site, main pages of school web site collaboratory projects, technology for teachers discussion board, participant certificate, evaluation instrument, and electronic weekly activity log. (AEF)
Descriptors: Computer Uses in Education, Continuing Education, Conventional Instruction, Distance Education, Educational Technology, Faculty Development, Higher Education, Internet, Professional Development, Program Implementation, Skill Development, Teacher Education, Teaching Methods, Technology Integration, Training, World Wide Web
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations; Reports - Research
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