Transforming a traditional school counseling graduate program to distance learning.

ID: 33092 Type: Brief Paper
  1. Abby Hallford, University of Central Arkansas, United States

Friday, March 11 11:30-11:50 AM Location: Oaklands

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Abstract: This study used a qualitative descriptive approach to explore student experiences in the process of converting a traditional classroom graduate program to an online distance learning program.Open-ended questions were administered using the discussion section of Blackboard to students enrolled in an online school counseling course. Findings: Analysis of the qualitative data resulted in a description of the students’ view and learning experiences in online course delivery including the strengths and weaknesses. Conclusions: Overall, the strengths of online delivery outweigh the weaknesses. There is a need for improvement in technology systems, and the personal interaction in online learning. Clinical Relevance: This study is relevant because there is not enough research exploring the learning experiences of graduate students in an online school counseling program.

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