Document Type

Article

Journal/Book Title/Conference

Rural Special Education Quarterly

Volume

23

Issue

2

Publication Date

2004

First Page

18

Last Page

26

Abstract

A growing number of students living in rural communities access special education teacher preparation and professional development courses via technology-delivered distance education. Success in these courses depends on the effective use of technology to access information and course materials, complete and submit assignments, and communicate with instructors and classmates. To increase the likelihood that distance education students would have the needed technology skills to succeed as distance learners, program supports were implemented. Supports included a precourse distance learning workshop, on-line technology help files, and access to a technology assistant. Results indicated that student confidence improved in the use of technology skills addressed in the precourse workshop and practiced during the following semester.

Comments

Originally published by the American Council on Rural Special Education.