Field Experiences at a Distance: Virtual Internships
Randal D. Carlson, Judi Repman, Elizabeth Downs, Georgia Southern Univ., United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Norfolk, VA ISBN 978-1-880094-41-9 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
Online instructors face the dilemma of providing meaningful field experiences for learners. In the Social Life of Information, John Seely Brown and Paul Duguid revisit Jerome Bruner's distinction between "learning about" and "learning to be." Brown and Duguid state (p. 128) "In the age of the web, learning about is easier than ever before." The real challenge for internet-based education is to help students learn how "to be." Field experiences and internships move students away from focusing solely on information toward an understanding of how knowledge informs practice. This paper explores creative ways to facilitate meaningful experiences in the field of practice for students-at-a-distance.
Carlson, R.D., Repman, J. & Downs, E. (2001). Field Experiences at a Distance: Virtual Internships. In J. Price, D. Willis, N. Davis & J. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2001--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 2843-2844). Norfolk, VA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).