The design and evaluation of a self-paced curriculum on the World Wide Web for economic developers
Mark Gordon Sorensen, University of Houston, United States
University of Houston . Awarded
The design and evaluation of a self-paced, computer-delivered curriculum for economic developers in Texas is described in this study. The curriculum serves as an electronic mentor to economic developers in Texas by educating them in techniques in economic development concerning how to assist local business and industry.
Some of the many types of activities that economic developers perform in their efforts to improve their target economies are cited. Why it is important for economic developers to have more convenient access to instruction while performing these activities is described in the study. The study demonstrates how the World Wide Web can serve as the medium for instruction that takes place at the economic developer's workplace. The problem addressed in this study is that there was no effective, efficient and accurate curriculum that could be applied at the economic developers' workplace.
The purpose of this study was to design and evaluate a self-paced, computer-delivered curriculum for economic developers in Texas with pedagogically effective instruction, efficient functionality, and accurate information. The implementation of the Hunkins Curriculum Development Model is described. Pedagogic methods in the curriculum that facilitate the activation of Gagne's Phases of Learning and the states in Keller's Motivation Model are discussed.
To ensure utility of the curriculum to the targeted audience, economic developers from Texas were involved in every phase of the curriculum development. The use of an expert panel to select topics for the curriculum's content and evaluate the curriculum is discussed. Subject matter experts, economic developers with recognized expertise in a particular activity of economic development, provided learning objectives for the curriculum and review of the curriculum's content. The three criteria for the curriculum evaluation; effectiveness, efficiency and accuracy are defined. Usability testing was performed by speak-aloud protocols implemented with a user group.
The primary results of this study are: (1) a self-paced curriculum on the World Wide Web for economic developers in Texas with instruction in how to assist local business and industry; (2) an application of the Hunkins Curriculum Development Model for developing a self-paced, computer-delivered curriculum.
Sorensen, M.G. The design and evaluation of a self-paced curriculum on the World Wide Web for economic developers. Ph.D. thesis, University of Houston.
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