Evaluation of an online career workshop

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deBoer, Julie
University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Education
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Lethbridge, Alta. : University of Lethbridge, Faculty of Education, 2003
The purpose of this study was to evaluate empirically the effectiveness of the new online career workshop titled "Ex-Scape" based on career knowledge and skill outcomes. Although numerous studies have been conducted on distance education classes in various disciplines, little research was found on the effectiveness of web-based learning in career development courses. Quantitative methods were used to determine a numerical score. Pre- and posttests were calculated and recorded in SPSS 11.5 and paired t-tests determined whether or not there was significant difference in the scores between the pre- and posttests. Qualitative methods were used through course evaluations and focus groups to record student comments of their experience with the online course. Results revealed that the online method of instruction was effective based on career knowledge and skill outcomes. Recommendations for further research include continuation of future research on the outcome success of online career development courses; utilization of a broader approach to research to include variables such as students' preferred learning styles, motivational factors, cost factors, and students' computer expertise; and collection and critique of post-resumes to follow up on students' impressions of their skills.
xi, 108 leaves ; 28 cm.
Distance education -- Computer-assisted instruction , Career development -- Computer-assisted instruction , Occupational training -- Computer-assisted instruction , Dissertations, Academic