ERIC Number: ED475792
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Jun
Supporting Teachers during Online In-Service Instruction. PRISM Project Technical Report.
Askvig, Brent A.; Arrayan, Kari
Problems associated with budget, distance, and time often make rural inservice teacher education difficult and impractical. This paper outlines problems encountered by novice online-learners and describes several techniques that helped rural teachers participate and succeed in a Web-based inservice teacher education program. The Peer Coaching Rural In-Service Model (PRISM) is testing a model for providing online support and continuing education in classroom management to teachers in rural areas. The project designed and delivered specific learning support mechanisms to provide effective instruction. Some of the supports were integrated components of the course platform and other interventions had little or nothing to do with technology. Specifically, the inservice support mechanisms included: (1) face-to-face learner-instructor contact; (2) use of an asynchronous delivery model that allowed for independent, non-simultaneous access to the course platform; (3) encouragement of personal support contacts; (4) the offer of reduced tuition to encourage teacher participation; (5) the encouragement of the use of Web-based communications with low-risk initial assignments; (6) the use of individual-specific, assignment-specific, online comments from instructors critiquing each participant's work; (6) the creation of a welcoming home page; and (7) the use of lay terminology. (Contains 11 references.) (CR)
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Instruction, Delivery Systems, Disabilities, Distance Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Inservice Teacher Education, Online Courses, Rural Areas, Rural Schools, Teacher Education Programs, Teacher Student Relationship, World Wide Web
North Dakota Center for Persons with Disabilities, Minot State University, 500 University Ave. West, Minot, SD 58707. Tel: 701-858-3052; Fax: 701-858-4286; Web site: http://www.msuprism.org.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: North Dakota Center for Persons with Disabilities, Minot.