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ERIC Number: ED430455
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999
Pages: 11
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Innovative On-Line Instructional Strategies: Faculty Members as Distance Learners.
Grubb, Autumn; Hines, Peggy
This paper describes the evolution through three stages of a virtual distance learning training package used to train faculty in the skills and strategies needed to address distance learner needs. In 1996 two traditional face-to-face training programs on the use of compressed video equipment were delivered to 43 faculty. Interviews of participants found that many did not fully understand the needs and concerns of distance students until they themselves became distance learners. Based on the results of the first training programs, the next training program required participants to demonstrate computer, e-mail, and Internet skills (using a CD-ROM tutorial) before beginning the program, and delivered training both in face-to-face and distance education modes. Participants in this program developed the requisite skills and competencies much more quickly and fully than had participants in the first programs. In 1997 a third-stage program, using a web-based interface as well as face-to-face sessions, was offered to 29 faculty. However, in this program only two faculty actively participated in the on-line portion and seven in the face-to-face training portion. It was concluded that faculty tech training requires strong administrative support and commitment, as well as financial incentives to ensure that faculty understand that their efforts to learn these new tools are valued. (MDM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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