A Case Study of Math and Science Teacher Education in a Collaborative Virtual Learning Environment
Brian Murfin, Brookhaven National Laboratory Science Education Center, United States
JCMST Volume 20, Number 4, ISSN 0731-9258 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC USA
A class for math and science teachers dealing with computer animation on the World Wide Web (WWW or Web) was conducted in a collaborative virtual learning environment called ScienceMOO. Feedback obtained from the students and the instructor was analyzed using qualitative methods. It was found that the online lesson was very effective for many students although some had great difficulty with the interface and also with the necessity of using text to communicate. Some students felt that the nature of the learning activity was not well suited to this type of environment. Place-independence and cooperative learning were two aspects of the learning environment that especially appealed to the students. Suggestions and recommendations for improving online lessons in a collaborative virtual learning environment are provided.
Murfin, B. (2001). A Case Study of Math and Science Teacher Education in a Collaborative Virtual Learning Environment. Journal of Computers in Mathematics and Science Teaching, 20(4), 405-425. Norfolk, VA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
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