Implementing a Distance Learning Project: What Educators Should Know
Chuck Lombardo, University of West Florida, United States ; Diane Kelley, Okaloosa County Schools, United States ; Arifa Garman, UWF, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Atlanta, GA, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-52-5 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
This paper: Implementing Distance Learning Programs: What Educators Should Know provides "lessons learned" based on the authors' experiences with implementation and evaluation of a distance learning project in a small, rural K-12 school in Florida's Panhandle area. We will discuss the technology involved with the project, however the main focus is on the issues related to teachers, students, parents, administrators, and providers of instructional materials. Many unforeseen challenges confronted individuals participating in the initiative. Results of a participant-based approach to evaluating this first distance-learning project will be provided as well. Teachers, administrators, technology coordinators and staff development professionals will gain valuable insight into similar efforts - avoiding similar problems when implementing their own distance learning programs.
Lombardo, C., Kelley, D. & Garman, A. (2004). Implementing a Distance Learning Project: What Educators Should Know. In R. Ferdig, C. Crawford, R. Carlsen, N. Davis, J. Price, R. Weber & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2004--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 559-561). Atlanta, GA, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).