Participant perceptions of video link distance learning effectiveness in adult health continuing education and training
Lynis Ann O'Malley, Montana State University, United States
Montana State University . Awarded
As an educational industry, distance learning takes advantage of almost every means of communication from traditional postal mail, e-mail, telephone, fax, and the Internet to the most advanced technology of high-speed telephone lines and satellites. This study described participants' perceptions of video link distance teaching effectiveness in adult health care education and training. The study data was gathered from a Montana video link continuing education and training statewide presentation of recommended quality improvements and federal requirements for long term care facilities. Data was obtained by direct observation of the presentation, by an immediate post-program survey and by an eight month follow-up survey of participating facilities. The study outcomes indicated attainment of general information and specific information pertaining to quality issues and essential regulation changes was important to participants and their organizations. Cost effectiveness through reduced travel benefitted participants as well as facilities. An unexpected finding was the number of long term care facilities not enrolling participants in the training program or experiencing staff turn over, who wanted access to the training content (workbook and video tape of the proceedings) to train new personnel. Video link technology was viewed as an effective template for teaching/learning, but opportunities were identified to improve the use of this technology. Back up, less technically dependent methods of education should be available, as periodic system glitches or crashes are expected.*
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O'Malley, L.A. Participant perceptions of video link distance learning effectiveness in adult health continuing education and training. Ph.D. thesis, Montana State University.
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