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Student and faculty issues in distance education occupational safety and health graduate programs.
PROBLEMThere is increasing interest in delivering degree programs without requiring students to attend traditional classroom-based classes. There are many differences between classroom and distance courses that must be addressed to have effective distance programs.
METHODOccupational safety and health faculty and occupational safety and health professionals were surveyed to determine the need for graduate occupational safety and health programs, delivered by means of distance education, and the best means to deliver the program from the perspective of faculty and working occupational safety and health professionals.
RESULTSAdequate time is the largest problem issue for potential students and the distance student's needs must be considered when developing program policies and procedures. Faculty must be sufficiently trained in pedagogy, technology, and communications so that they have the same comfort level with this method of instruction as they do for the more familiar classroom, and technical and instructional support personnel need to be readily available to work with the faculty and support course development.
IMPACT ON INDUSTRYFindings indicate that there is interest in a distance education-based program and it is believed that industry will be positively impacted as educational opportunities expand for working professionals.
Department of Occupational Safety and Health, Murray State University, 157 Industry and Technology Center, Murray, KY 42071-3347, USA. firstname.lastname@example.org
Journal of safety research 33:2 2002 pg 175-93
Pub Type(s)Journal Article