Accession Number : ADA294546

Title :   Evaluation of a Continuing and Distance Education and Training Teleconference for Pennsylvania Nutritionists.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH

Personal Author(s) : Shearer, Ethel S.

PDF Url : ADA294546

Report Date : MAY 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 154

Abstract : A summative evaluation assessed success of a continuing and distance education program for Pennsylvania nutritionists. The program, a one day teleconference about communication was delivered by satellite television broadcast to 20 sites and 574 professionals and paraprofessionals from Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), and The Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP). Pre-conference and post-conference questionnaires were given to attendees. Of these, 99% (571) and 97% (554) completed pre-conference and post-conference questionnaires. For matched analysis, 546 were used. The primary outcomes measured were attendee satisfaction and perceptions of effectiveness. Additionally, three types of learner interactions, and learner attitudes were explored. Mean satisfaction was 7.28 (S.D. 1.71, Range 2-10). Mean perceived effectiveness was 3.34 (S.D. 0.92, Range 1-5). Most participants were satisfied to very satisfied and perceived the conference as effective to more effective than face-to-face conferences. Learner perceptions of interactions with other learners, interactions with instructors, and interaction with program content, were positively related to outcomes. Perceived interaction between learner and instructor was most strongly related to satisfaction (r=0.58, p=0.0001) and perceptions of effectiveness (r=0.42, p=0.0001). Learner attitude as measured by initial expectations was also related to satisfaction (r=0.42, p=0.0001) and perceptions of effectiveness (r=0.35, p=0.0001). Those with lower expectations were less satisfied and perceived the conference as less effective. No significant differences in satisfaction or perceptions of effectiveness were found between WIC and EFBEP or professionals and paraprofessionals. (MM)

Descriptors :   *COURSES(EDUCATION), *LEARNING, *NUTRITION, *CONFERENCING(COMMUNICATIONS), SYMPOSIA, TRAINING, TELEVISION SYSTEMS, SATELLITE COMMUNICATIONS, TELECOMMUNICATIONS, PENNSYLVANIA.

Subject Categories : Humanities and History
      Psychology
      Voice Communications

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE