ERIC Number: ED465127
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
The EnterTech Integrated Learning Environment: Simulating Entry-Level Job Skills in a Virtual Company.
Boyd, Aimee M.; Jackson, Melinda L.
The EnterTech Project was a collaboration of over 80 coalition members (employers, educators, community-based organizations, government entities) whose purpose was to develop a training program to prepare unskilled workers for employment opportunities in Texas high-tech industries. Development of the EnterTech curriculum and instructional design centered on incorporating guidelines from the targeted learners' needs assessment into an integrated learning environment (ILE), or blended learning, that used simulation-based training and other instructional strategies to construct a comprehensive employability skills training program. ILE components were computer-based training, instructor's role, group-based projects, print material, and skills transcript and work portfolio. A study addressed issues pertaining to EnterTech ILE. Participants were learners who attended EnterTech classes from March 2000 to November 2001. Data were collected by online surveys, instructor evaluations of learner performance, and computer-embedded tracking. Findings indicated learners' expectations were met at end of training; at least 93 percent of learners were able to correctly perform tasks without significant help from others and without significant errors; the overall employment rate was 44 percent; employers expressed high levels of satisfaction with learners' on-the-job performance. (Contains 16 references, 9 tables, and 3 figures.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Simulation, Curriculum Development, Employer Attitudes, Employment Potential, Employment Programs, Entry Workers, Instructional Design, Integrated Activities, Integrated Learning Systems, Job Skills, Job Training, Needs Assessment, Participant Satisfaction, Program Development, Skill Development, Student Attitudes, Technical Occupations, Technological Advancement, Unskilled Workers, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Texas Governor's Office, Austin.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Texas