ERIC Number: ED452348
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Reference Count: N/A
Technology & Distance Learning Survey.
Florida Human Resources Development, Inc., Gainesville.
A survey was conducted to assess the current state of technology and distance learning awareness and usage in Florida's adult education and community-based programs. Data were gathered through a survey of 350 adult practitioners, literacy providers, community-based organizations and libraries throughout the state (125 responses [36 percent return rate]). Findings of the study included the following: (1) 30 percent of the respondents said they were involved in distance learning, primarily in Crossroads Cafe; (2) 71 percent said that distance learning and alternative education delivery systems can have a positive impact on programs; (3) 73 percent of respondents had computers with more than 16 megabytes of memory, a CD-ROM drive, and a modem; (4) 79 percent had computers at home; (5) only 43 percent of computers for student use had more than 16 megabytes of memory; (6) 17 percent of respondents listed training, staff development, and financial support as their top needs for support services; (7) more than 60 percent of respondents said they would be willing to pay a small fee to attend a technology-based workshop to sharpen their technology skills; and (8) most respondents were confident of their computer skills. Recommendations were made for training to enable individuals to be part of a high-performance learning community that embraces technology and distance learning opportunities, is committed to the idea of sharing knowledge, and supports mentoring and coaching as beneficial to both students and facilitators; and for development of a Technology Support Team and statewide infrastructure that will enable all adult education and literacy administrators, providers, teachers, and students the ability to access information, communicate, and share ideas and learn new ways of solving problems. (The survey instrument is included in the report.) (KC)
Descriptors: Access to Computers, Access to Education, Adult Basic Education, Adult Learning, Adult Literacy, Computer Attitudes, Computer Literacy, Computer Uses in Education, Distance Education, Educational Attitudes, Educational Needs, Educational Technology, Educational Trends, Literacy Education, Mentors, Microcomputers, Questionnaires, State Programs, Statewide Planning, Teacher Attitudes
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Florida Human Resources Development, Inc., Gainesville.
Identifiers - Location: Florida