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Internships: Benefits Through Distance Education Thomas A. Bodnovich Karen L. Duda Internships: Benefits Through Distance Education Extends work of an earlier project … Internships: A Proposed Methodology for Success earlier project … Internships: A Proposed Methodology for Success

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internships benefits through distance education

Internships: Benefits Through Distance Education

Thomas A. Bodnovich

Karen L. Duda

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Internships: Benefits Through Distance Education

Extends work of an earlier project …

Internships: A Proposed Methodology for Success

2005 MBAA/SAIS Conference

earlier project internships a proposed methodology for success
earlier project … Internships: A Proposed Methodology for Success
  • Obtain an internship job
  • Identify an appropriate project
  • Advisor communications with employer
  • Advisor communications with student-intern
  • Record internship experiences in a journal
  • Prepare an internship paper
    • A detailed outline is provided to the student
  • Publish the internship paper on the internship web-site

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Internships: Benefits Through Distance Education

  • Process of course development
  • Experiences from course delivery

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process of course development
Process of course development
  • Select a Course Management System (CMS)
    • Support for course communications
    • Course productivity
    • Student involvement
    • Course administration
    • Course delivery

Extensive CMS listing:Western Cooperative

for Educational Telecommunications (WCET)

www.edutools.info/course/

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Process of course development
  • Become familiar with CMS e-learning tools
  • Identify course objectives… the Internship Course objectives are …
    • Acquire discipline specific job experience
    • Develop and refine professional work skills
    • Apply academic theories to business problems
    • Develop progress reports
    • Improve written communications
    • Learn about various career opportunities

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Process of course development
  • Match e­learning tools to course objectives

Chickering et al, good practices in undergraduate education …

    • Encourages student-faculty contact
    • Encourages cooperation among students
    • Encourages active learning
    • Gives prompt feedback
    • Emphasizes time on task
    • Communicates high expectations
    • Respects diverse talents and ways of learning

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Process of course development
  • Match e-learning tools to course objectives (continued)

… the Internship Course e-learning tools are …

      • Syllabus
      • Threaded discussions
      • E-mail
      • Electronic assignment submission
      • Grade book
      • Links to external web resources

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a few items from the syllabus
A few items from the syllabus

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experiences from course delivery
Experiences from course delivery
  • Course enrollment
    • 27 students completed course
    • 12 students currently enrolled
  • Archive of each term
  • Communications
    • Streamlined
    • Unusual to talk face-to-face
    • Impersonal
    • Interns shared experiences with each other

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Experiences from course delivery

  • Communications
    • Interns shared experiences with each other

(continued)

      • initial impression about the internship position
      • types of job orientation
      • internship experiences
      • analysis of concepts learned either at the internship site or through on-line discussions

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what is the next direction for the internship course
What is the next direction for the internship course?

Recall …

  • Started with a little used course
  • Developed a methodology for offering the course
  • Converted the course to a distance education offering
  • On the horizon
    • Examine usefulness of other e-learning resources
    • Examine course discussion topics
    • Some other electronic support (non-CMS)

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Internships: Benefits Through Distance Education

Questions or comments

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Internships: Benefits Through Distance Education

Thank you

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