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dc.contributor.advisor Steed, Marlo
dc.contributor.advisor Duplicate pages in book. Page 53.
dc.contributor.author Pederson, Beverly A
dc.contributor.author University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Education
dc.date.accessioned 2010-03-29T19:48:00Z
dc.date.available 2010-03-29T19:48:00Z
dc.date.issued 2004
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10133/1166
dc.description ix, 92 leaves ; 29 cm. -- en
dc.description.abstract The purpose of this project is to answer the question: "Should the Virtual Assistant Certificate have a strong collaborative component interlaced throughout all the online courses?" Three years ago a search of the Internet for more information as to whether anyone was providing training in how to start and run a successful administrative professional business from home lead to the discovery of a relatively new term: Virtual Assistant. This Internet search showed a growing trend towards contracting to outside office support specialists. Because the majority of Office Administration students are female and because many of them see full-time employment and raising a family as realities in their future, being "connected" from a distance to their place or places of work would be ideal. Information obtained from experienced Virtual Assistants helped determine the course content and gave a hint as to how the material should be delivered. Although there were no journal articles specific to the topic of Virtual Assistants, it was possible to perform a literature review on the topic of building collaborative online learning communities-a delivery strategy recommended for successful online learners. The instructors who would deliver the online courses were provided with training in building collaborative online learning communities. Survey instruments were prepared and administered part way through the first semester of the online courses to experienced Virtual Assistants, online instructors, and online Virtual Assistant students. The results of these surveys indicated that while the working Virtual Assistants and the online instructors could see the benefits of collaboration, the online Virtual Assistant students needed more experiences interacting in collaborative online learning communities in order to become more successful in their online businesses. en
dc.language.iso en_US en
dc.publisher Lethbridge, Alta. : University of Lethbridge, Faculty of Education, 2004 en
dc.relation.ispartofseries Project (University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Education) en
dc.subject Office management -- Study and teaching en
dc.subject Office management -- Computer-assisted instruction en
dc.subject Office practice -- Study and teaching en
dc.subject Office practice -- Computer-assisted instruction en
dc.subject Education, Higher -- Computer-assisted instruction en
dc.subject Distance education en
dc.subject Computer-assisted instruction en
dc.title Building an online learning community : a major communication component of the virtual assistant certificate en
dc.type Thesis en
dc.publisher.faculty Education en

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