ERIC Number: ED466204
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001
Issues of the Online Program Planning Process.
Patton, Lise; Hines, Susan
Educators who are responsible for the creation, management, and administration of educational programs are central to the planning process. Research suggests that program planning is not driven by theoretical constructs, but rather by the personal experiences and beliefs of individual planners. This study explores how individuals who plan online programs perceive their roles. Planners' perceptions of their work are important because their perceptions direct their activities, and their activities guide a rapidly expanding segment of educational programs which are impacting a growing learner population. In order to study the perceptions of a geographically diverse group of individuals, this study observed the exchanges of the participants in an international online forum, the Distance Education Online Symposium (DEOS) during a 30-day period in 2000. The 286 messages exchanged in DEOS during the study's period were analyzed using the Constant Comparative Method. This analysis produced an organizational scheme that grouped the respondents' perceptions into four categories: comparison between the online environment and the traditional classroom; impact of the online environment on the individual planner; application of the online environment to the individual planner's discipline; and improvement in how the planner can improve his or her discipline using online technology. (Contains 16 references.) (AEF)
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Mediated Communication, Distance Education, Educational Development, Educational Planning, Online Systems, Perception, Program Development, Program Effectiveness
Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), P.O. Box 2966, Charlottesville, VA 22902 ($40, AACE members; $50, nonmembers). Tel: 804-973-3987; Fax: 804-978-7449; Web site: http://www.aace.org.
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: In: ED-Media 2001 World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications. Proceedings (13th, Tampere, Finland, June 25-30, 2001); see IR 021 194.