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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 93-100

Assessing equivalency during the implementation of a health profession's program to a distant campus: Development of a distant campus evaluation tool

Department of Physician Assistant Studies, Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA

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Dr. Theresa A Bacon-Baguley
301 Michigan Street NE, Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/EHP.EHP_26_20

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Universities are constantly looking at technology driven approaches in providing distant education. As technology evolves, another layer of evaluation is essential to assure the mode of delivery does not interfere with the delivery of content. Although guidelines are available for evaluating an academic program, there are no evaluation tools published to assess the equivalency of education when a program expands to a distant campus. This manuscript describes the development and utilization of a tool to assess equivalency in delivery of a program to a distant campus that utilizes videoconferencing technology in delivering the curriculum. The tool was based on four major areas of potential concern when using technology to deliver the curriculum: (1) technology limitations, (2) confidence in the system, (3) faculty ability to deliver the content, and (4) resources available at each site. Data obtained from implementing the tool identified site specific concerns, as well as concerns common to both sites.

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