ERIC Number: ED426257
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Sep-30
Reference Count: N/A
Self-Directed Workplace Literacy Distance Learning for Developmental Disabilities Workers. Final Report.
Denny, Verna Haskins
The Self-Directed Workplace Literacy Distance Learning Project demonstrated a model workplace literacy program that helped direct care workers in state-operated developmental disabilities facilities improve their literacy skills for a changing workplace. During the project, 268 New York State Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities employees who aspired to developmental aide jobs spent 4 hours weekly over 24 weeks in self-directed, self-paced instruction at the workplace on released time. The instructional model combined print, video, electronic mail, computer-assisted learning, videoconferencing, and self-directed study methods. Workers determined, in consultation with their supervisors, how they would spend their weekly study periods. The instructor used e-mail to provide workers with feedback on their work and guidance on independent study habits. The majority of participants were productive in the self-directed learning environment; however, even those who functioned well within the model emphasized that weekly communication with the instructor was critical to the program's success. (Appendixes constituting nearly 50% of this document contain the following: participant feedback; guidelines for technology implementation in a workplace distance learning project; guidelines for staff development in a workplace distance learning project; results of the site visit data analysis; supplemental questionnaires; and information about changes in key personnel.) (MN)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Agency Role, Allied Health Personnel, Computer Uses in Education, Demonstration Programs, Developmental Disabilities, Distance Education, Educational Technology, Formative Evaluation, Guidelines, Higher Education, Independent Study, Information Dissemination, Instructional Materials, Literacy Education, Material Development, Models, Outcomes of Education, Partnerships in Education, Program Effectiveness, Questionnaires, Staff Development, State Agencies, Student Attitudes, Summative Evaluation, Unions, Workplace Literacy
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC. National Workplace Literacy Program.
Authoring Institution: City Univ. of New York, NY. Center for Advanced Study in Education.
Identifiers - Location: New York