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ERIC Number: ED439891
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Mar
Pages: 7
Abstractor: N/A
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Professionals Ready for Educational Partnerships (PREP): The Development, Implementation, and Evaluation of a Multimedia Distance Education Course on Collaboration.
Welch, Marshall
Professionals Ready for Educational Partnerships (PREP) is a multimedia telecourse developed at the University of Utah to help preservice teachers, graduate students in education, and practicing teachers to understand collaboration. Using an ecological perspective, participants learn how to forge partnerships in the school, home, and community. PREP is needed because of growing cultural and linguistic diversity of students, the movement toward inclusion of students with disabilities, and the lack of teacher knowledge about how to actually practice collaboration. Course content includes: definition of collaboration; students at risk; problem solving; communication skills and conflict management; traditional and changing school and professional roles; traditional and alternative assessment procedures; adapting instruction; and school-based, school-home, and community-based partnerships. Each of the course elements is briefly described: textbook; 10 one-hour stand-alone videos; group breakout activities; support materials; and CD tutorials for each module. Evaluation of PREP revealed that certain media are better suited for some instructional activities than others. While students were expected to enjoy the CDs and videos, surprisingly they liked the breakout activities even more. It appears that stand-alone videos with support materials and breakout activities is a viable approach for technology-enhanced distance education. Likewise, the CDs were effective instructional tools, especially when the students worked in pairs. Significant cognitive growth occurred in all settings and with all types of students. (SV)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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