Pre- and post-program measures of the understanding of ten Internet concepts
by the participants revealed that the workshop accomplished its objectives
in spades. The average score for all the concepts increased from 4.1 prior
to the workshop to 7.3 on a 1-9 scale after the workshop. Participants
overall attitude towards the program was a favorable 5.0 on a 7-point
Helpfulness and Utility
The participants assessed the training program as extremely helpful in reaching the workshop goals and their personal goals and rated it 3.6 on a 1-4 scale (click here to see chart).
Helpfulness & Utility
(Mean Ratings: 1=Not at all/Never, 4=Extremely/All the time)
Participants assessed the key Internet activities as very to extremely relevant (average 3.4 on a 1-4 scale). Top rating of 3.8 went to Internet expert Ruben Israels presentation. Rudolph Polednes presentation on tobacco control scored 3.0 on relevance and 3.2 on interest. Hana Sovinova, the Czech Project Coordinator and Director of the National Institute of Public Health who discussed the Czech tobacco control network and activities received a 3.4 relevance and 3.5 interest score. Interest scores for the combined activities averaged 3.5 and were considered very to extremely interesting. Israel -- described as skilled-- scored 3.9 for interest.
Sources of Information
Rated the most valued aspects of the workshop were the Internet and email (click here to see chart). In addition, one participant mentioned Ruben Israels role and skills as an Internet expert while another selected GLOBALink and information on CECHE.
The pre- and post-measures of the understanding of ten Internet concepts
showed that the group as a whole was unfamiliar with Internet activities
at the beginning of the program (average 4.1 on the combined dimensions
-- click here to see chart).
Their average understanding increased to 7.3 on a 1-9 scale after participating
in the training program. The largest gains were in learning
about URL which increased 4.7 from 2.2 to 6.9 and learning
about GLOBALink (grew 4.5 from 2.9 to 7.4).
Other sizeable jumps were seen in learning about browsers, which grew 3.8 from 3.7 to 7.5. Online discussion grew 3.5 from 3.8 to 7.3 while rating scores for both listserv and hyperlink grew 3.0.
Overall, the participants were satisfied with the outcome of the workshop in view of the fact that they indicated that the workshop met their personal goals and that they would use the training they gained in their own professional work. In view of the lower assessments for the non-programmatic aspects of the workshop -- social events, travel arrangements, and accommodation improvements in these areas should enhance participation in future workshops.
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