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Title: Professional Development Needs Assessment for Distance Educators at the University of the South Pacific
Authors: Owens, Joshua
Instructor: Menchaca, Michael
Keywords: needs
professional development
south pacific
Issue Date: 20-Jan-51904
Abstract: Abstract: Separated by vast expanses of ocean on sparsely populated islands with limited infrastructure, distance educators in the South Pacific have incredible challenges to overcome. This research summarizes the strengths and needs of current distance education professional development (PD) programs and applications used by post-high school distance educators at the University of the South Pacific. Based on a survey and interview process this needs assessment was able to facilitate successes in the current online professional development programs. Through analysis and interpretation the survey data indicated positive patterns both qualitatively and quantitatively. The outcomes signified an encouraging and consistent PD training in a wide range of electronic media. While the sample size of participants was relatively modest, they generally agree they are well trained and their efforts as distance educators can have a strong impact on their student’s achievement.
Description: Term Paper and Presentation
Pages/Duration: 9 pages
Appears in Collections:ETEC 690, Spring 2010

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