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Collaborative Teacher Training Using Distance Education and Technology
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Abstract

This report describes Indiana University's At-Risk Program, which uses distance education and a collaborative training approach to provide field-based coursework to practicing teachers. The focus of the training is upon improving educational services to at-risk students and mildly handicapped students in rural schools. The program consists of seven self-contained training modules that incorporate traditional coursework with assigned collaborative learning projects. Offered in each community, training activities are developed and delivered in partnership with participating schools and agencies. A university-based instructor administers and supervises the training, prepares materials and participates in presentations. An audiographic system is used to simultaneously transmit voice and graphic images through a computer system. Teleconferencing and facsimile technology also are used to provide training at the sites. One person from the training group acts as an on-site facilitator who assists the university instructor in presenting materials and organizing activities. The collaborative learning projects are monitored weekly through the audiographic network and trainees can obtain immediate feedback from the university instructor. Benefits of using audiographic technology in field-based training include: (1) training that focuses on the needs and interests of their school communities; (2) teachers working together in devising and implementing interventions for individual students; and (3) flexibility in organizing and offering a wide range of training experiences. (LP)

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Knapczyk, D.R. Collaborative Teacher Training Using Distance Education and Technology. Retrieved January 31, 2023 from .

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