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Activity Number: 628
Type: Contributed
Date/Time: Thursday, August 2, 2012 : 8:30 AM to 10:20 AM
Sponsor: Section on Government Statistics
Abstract - #305192
Title: Converting the National Center for Education Statistics' (NCES) In-Person Complex Survey Data Set Training Seminars to an Online Distance Education Model
Author(s): Andrew A. White*+
Companies: National Center for Education Statistics
Address: 1990 K Street NW, Washington, DC, 20006, United States
Keywords: Online ; NCES ; Data ; File ; Training

NCES disseminates information from its many complex survey and data collection programs through publications, online tabulations, basic online data analysis tools, and detailed public use and restricted access data sets. NCES encourages the use of its detailed data sets by qualified users. To facilitate their use, hands-on summer training seminars for selected data sets have traditionally been offered in Washington DC. Although these sessions have proven popular, in view of economic issues and evolving technology, NCES has decided to convert the materials used for the summer training seminars into a distance education format. Data set training will be provided online in the form of self-paced instruction modules. This paper discusses the structure and differences between the in-person seminars and the online modules. The strengths and challenges of both in-person and online training models are summarized in addition to the rationale for conversion to distance education. An update on the conversion process will be offered along with a glimpse of potential future NCES' training methods in support of students, researchers, policy makers, and practitioners in education.

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