A Coach-based Skill Assessment of Instructors in ‘Learning at the Workplace’ Distance Education Program

By Wachara Eamratsameekool.

Published by The International Journal of Science in Society

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With the Eighth Thailand National Development Plan’s emphasis on human-centered approaches, the College of Public Health Sciences (CPHS), Chulalongkorn University, has applied the principle to its “Learning at the Workplace” (LWP) distance education program with the Roi Et Provincial Health Office students. This paper looks at a study of the implementation of a distance learning program to allow for the upgrading of professionals at remote locations. As the hardware, software and reliable telecommunication have only recently come together in the more remote areas of Thailand and the development of culturally appropriate human interface of primary importance, careful consideration was paid to the technological impacts of the program and how the students and instructors responded and adapted. It elaborates how the concept of humane management in the context of high tech media can be integrated in a distance learning program to provide life-time learning opportunities. The focus of the program’s agenda uses the LWP distance education program of CPHS to link aspects of being student-centered with the coach-cased skills of the teaching staff, a user-friendly on-line community, a new administrative mindset, and program evaluation for future development, as the program’s agenda. This paper elaborates the coach-based skill assessment of the teaching crew of CPHS and its preceptors in Roi Et. The quantitative research method stresses the three skill domains – readiness preparation skills, assignment skills and prompt feedback skills while in-depth interviews targeted the program’s stakeholders – teaching crew, students, colleagues and the Dean of the College. The results were satisfactory in all domains. The main anticipated result is sustainable educational management.

Keywords: Coach-based Skill Assessment

The International Journal of Science in Society, Volume 1, Issue 2, pp.201-214. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.775MB).

Dr. Wachara Eamratsameekool

Physician, Division of Medical Services, Phanomphrai Hospital, Roi Et Provincial Health Office, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand

Doctor Wachara Eamratsameekool is currently a physician at Phanomphrai Hospital, a public hospital in Phanomphrai district, Roi Et province, located in mid north-eastern of Thailand. With his M.D. background in obstetrics and gynecology, he has long been exposed to educational field and training. He is currently an Advanced Clinical Trainer for Cervical Cancer Prevention Program of JHPIEGO in Thailand. Distance education is one of the research projects he is working on to assess whether Roi Et Public Health Distance Education Program can serve as a role model program for north-eastern region of the country.