A qualitative study of technology-based training in organizations that hire agriculture and life sciences students

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Title: A qualitative study of technology-based training in organizations that hire agriculture and life sciences students
Author: Frazier, Leslie Jean
Abstract: Technological advances have created unlimited opportunities in education . Training and technology have merged to create new methods referred to as technology -based training . Technology -based training , for the purpose of this study , was defined as training that is delivered via the Internet , CD -ROM , or video conferencing either at a distance or in a local setting . A variety of forms of technology -based training were found throughout educational and workforce settings . The purpose of this study was to identify organizations that hire agriculture and life sciences students for positions involving technology -based training and identify competencies required for these positions from the perspective of the identified organizations . This study described the technologies that the identified organizations were using to design and deliver technology -based training , the audience to which the organizations were providing training , and the competencies that the identified organizations were seeking in potential employees . Findings from this study revealed a need for individuals with specialization in creating and providing technology -based training . Data suggested seven key skills and competencies needed to work in technology -based training : 1 ) instructional design , 2 ) technology /computer skills , 3 ) the ability to conduct a needs assessment , 4 ) interpersonal skills , 5 ) writing skills , 6 ) planning and organizational skills , and 7 ) evaluation skills . The identified skills and competencies related to technology -based training mirror those reported in previous research . Based on analysis of the data , it was concluded that students with expertise in these skill and competency areas are more marketable in organizations that hire agriculture and life sciences students .
URI: http : / /hdl .handle .net /1969 .1 /5917
Date: 2007-09-17

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A qualitative study of technology-based training in organizations that hire agriculture and life sciences students. Available electronically from http : / /hdl .handle .net /1969 .1 /5917 .

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