Distance Learning in Hawaii: Establishment and Evaluation of a Rural Teacher Inservice Training Program
This report describes a pilot distance learning project between Konawaena High School on the Big Island of Hawaii and Brigham Young University-Hawaii on Oahu to begin offering college credit courses to inservice teachers. Ten teachers enrolled in the first class, "Variety in Teaching Methods." Audiographic teleteaching uses a personal computer based system which incorporates computer-generated graphics and text that function like an electronic chalkboard. Computers at host and receive sites are linked over regular telephone lines for two-way visual exchange of text and graphics. Course expenses were higher than expected largely due to the high rate for inter-island telephone toll charges. Nine of the ten teachers completed a questionnaire which posed questions related to the distance learning component of the course. Their responses indicate: (1) high satisfaction with the quality of the course and with the manner in which it was delivered; (2) preference was given to on-site professorial instruction over audiographic teleteaching, yet audiographics was viewed as a very valid and acceptable supplement; (3) an interest in receiving more college credit inservice courses; (4) a need for library materials to support classes; and (5) the computer screen was too small for teachers to easily view when receiving instruction via audiographics. (KS)
Barker, B.O. & Burnett, K.R. Distance Learning in Hawaii: Establishment and Evaluation of a Rural Teacher Inservice Training Program.