VALA2000 Session 15 Leigh

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The use of the WWW in training:
technolust or value-added?

VALA 2000 CONCURRENT SESSION 15: Accessibility
Friday 18 February 2000, 14:00 – 14:30

Sally-Anne Leigh

Program Manager, Information Access and Library, University of Canberra

VALA Peer Reviewed Paper

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In recent years there has been a focus on new methods of course delivery, flexible delivery and teaching using the World Wide Web (WWW). Traditional training skills and levels of interaction are being downplayed with the focus shifting towards the value and adaptability of the technology. This paper seeks to explore some of the key elements in assessing whether we have become overwhelmed with the promise of using the WWW for the development and delivery of courses at the expense of client satisfaction, sound educational principles and adding value to the educational and training arena. Should training programs in information literacy and in the use of information resources be “cyber-training” programs or be added to a traditional face-to-face training program?