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ERIC Number: ED476214
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Mar
Pages: 6
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Helping Rural Special Education Preservice Teachers Survive the Virtual Wilderness.
Menlove, Ronda; Peterson, Darcie
Utah State University offers a mild/moderate special teacher preparation program via an Internet-based teleconferencing system, with extensive use of the Internet for delivering course materials, assignments, student feedback, and class projects. Students attend classes in eight remote sites, many of which are located in rural communities. Most students taking the course are mothers who are employed at least part-time. The average student age is 35. Throughout the program, these students need advising information and technical support to make the best use of their limited time and resources. The university has developed a model of student support and technical assistance that combines the use of technology for information delivery and face-to-face interactions with local site advisors or mentors. Two advising Web sites are used to support the distance education program--one targets student needs, the other is for advisors. Before beginning the program, students attend a workshop that trains them to access technology-delivered information, communicate with faculty, and complete and submit assignments electronically. Local site advisors help remote learners access university resources, attend classes with the students, and work with faculty to assist students with assignments. A distance education advisor advises students and coordinates the training and work of the site advisors. Program completion rates are greater than national rates for distance programs and are attributed to the extensive student support. (TD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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