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ERIC Number: ED442058
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000
Pages: 18
Abstractor: N/A
Electronic Delivery of Career Development University Courses.
Peterson, Marla
This chapter explores the use of Web-based instruction to teach career development courses to counseling students. First it describes both near-term and long-term possibilities for electronic syllabus development. Discussion of the near-term possibilities includes a brief overview of student areas and key instructor areas as well as course examples. Then the chapter examines how two recent studies on distance education may guide a prudent use of technology. The first study, "What's the Difference? A Review of Contemporary Research on the Effectiveness of Distance Learning in Higher Education," found that research: (1) tends to emphasize student outcomes for individual courses rather than for a total academic program; (2) does not take into account differences among students; (3) does not adequately explain why the dropout rates of distance learners are higher; (4) does not take into consideration how the different learning styles of students relate to the use of technology; (5) focuses mostly on the impact of individual technologies, rather than on the interaction of multiple technologies; (6) does not include a theoretical or conceptual framework; and (7) does not adequately address the effectiveness of digital libraries. The second study, "The Virtual University & Educational Opportunity," recommends placing access at the core of systems design; keeping the promise of technology in perspective; learning from the distance learning pioneers; taking action to narrow the digital divide; and monitoring progress toward equal access. (MKA)
American Counseling Association, 5999 Stevenson Ave., Alexandria, VA 22304-3300 ($29.95). Also available through ERIC Clearinghouse on Counseling and Student Services, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 201 Ferguson Building, P.O. Box 26171, Greensboro, NC 27402-6171; Tel: 800-414-9769 (Toll Free); Fax: 336-334-4116; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Counselors; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: In: Cybercounseling and Cyberlearning: Strategies and Resources for the Millennium; see CG 030 191.