This situation will probably improve over time as developers are more able to

This situation will probably improve over time as

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providers or two occupations, a common feature of standalone CIDS. This situation will probably improve over time, as developers are more able to apply their past experience with CACG systems to an Internet environment that is more responsive and fully featured. 7
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Differential Feature-Cost Analysis of Internet-Based CIDS Similarly, only two CIDS currently offer an online portfolio and keep a user record through an individualized access strategy (i.e., users receive their own username and password). While group access strategies are easier to deliver and manage, they may possibly provide a less powerful experience for the user. By users having their own unique records, tools for portfolio development (e.g., resumes, assessment records, and education) and information management (e.g., individual learning plans and histories of past site utilization) become possible. One possible disadvantage the individual access strategy presents is a potential learning barrier or concern about confidentiality that users may choose to avoid. Such barriers and concerns may decrease site utilization. Currently, there is no reference to ACSCI standards on any of the Internet-based CIDS. These standards represent a powerful tool for educating users and practitioners about what they should expect from providers in terms of quality and use of career information. Rather than failing to meet standards, it may be that in the rush to make sites available, time was not allocated for showing adherence to standards. Conclusion While tremendous progress has been made over the past two years in the development and delivery of Internet-based CIDS, this career resource is still young. Similar to the original transition from mainframe minicomputer-based career information delivery systems to PC platforms, CIDS have begun the transition from PCs to those that leverage the full potential of the Internet. Based upon a feature-cost analysis of seven existing Internet-based CIDS, it appears that practitioners, site developers, policy makers, and researchers may wish to focus their thinking about the future of Internet-based CIDS around five key activities. These include: 1) providing information to users about developer qualifications, information validity, and assessment validity, 2) including needs-based information access strategies for users, 3) integrating multiple media formats and original source material into each site, 4) developing tools which assist users in integrating site information into their individual career decision-making processes, and 5) educating users about standards of practice in career information delivery. The rapid pace of Internet technology development will most likely bring an accelerated rate of change to career information delivery systems and their features and costs. Furthermore, it is possible that we will see the development of CIDS that base their cost recovery on a fee per service basis. Both of these eventualities will require ongoing analysis and discussion among practitioners, site developers, policy makers, and researchers to ensure that users find and use the information they need to make effective career decisions.
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