implementation of a post graduate certificate program in special education

Implementation of a post graduate certificate program

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implementation of a post graduate certificate program in special education undertaken at the University of Saskatchewan, and funded through the provincial government’s Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) initiative, a pan-institution partnership. The case study examines some of the issues that arose in the collaborative development of the of the certificate and presents an integrated model for the implementation of e-learning programs adapted from Greer’s (1992) project management model for instructional development. The case study, from a project management perspective, presents lessons learned from the program’s implementation providing information for reflection on how adaptations and modifications affected program development and how these short-cycle decisions provide a model of effective practices for future e-learning project management initiatives. Key words: Special education, technology enhanced learning, teacher preparation, program development Over the past few years there has been a marked increase in enrollment among stud- ents in online courses, with the growth rate of online learning outpacing traditional face-to- face instruction or other technology-enhanced modes of learning (Allan & Seaman, 2004). The increased demand for online learning has been facilitated by its ability to provide access- ible, affordable, and flexible learning environ- ments. Online learning allows the student the opportunity to access their course at any time and any place, providing those who live in rural and remote areas with the opportunity to advance their education that otherwise might be encumbered by a lack of post-secondary institutional resources to facilitate traditional face-to-face learning (Downes, 2002). Today, many post-secondary institutions believe that their continued success to attract and graduate students will hinge on their ability to provide quality online learning environments (Allan & Seaman, 2004). Coupled with the demand for online learning, then, is the need to develop quality technology enhanced learning environments. In the past, criticisms of online learning have been levied because of its inability to enhance learning outcomes as based on student satisfaction, when compared to traditional face-to-face
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80 instruction (Johnson, Aragon, Shaik, Palma- Rivas, 2000). Questions pertaining to the quality of access, the ability of students to use and embrace the new technology, the need for technical support, and how best to provide asynchronous communication, have dogged early online instructional efforts (Phipps & Merisotis, 1999). Although this trend appears to be in decline, with increasing rates of student satisfaction reported for online learning (Allan & Seaman, 2004), some of the criticisms still linger. Consequently, there is a heightened sense of urgency among project managers, content developers, instructional designers, program directors, and policy decision makers for the development of quality online learning courses.
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