A Study of the Use of Web-Based Conferencing Software To Enhance Learning Environments in Teacher Education
American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting,
This action research study of electronic conferencing highlights the online portions of teacher education courses at Pace University, New York. The study explores the infusion of technology into teaching and investigates the utility of a particular type of discussion software for learning. Data sources include texts of electronic conversations, class members' accounts and reflections, students' course evaluation commentaries on the use of technology, the instructor's recollections and reflections, and interview data from faculty in teacher education and other disciplines who also use the electronic conferencing facilities. Findings are that use of this software can be improved both technically and by instructor-imposed structure. For students who have difficulties with access, increased interventions, which make the technology less formidable or more accessible, will be required to overcome resistance. Sufficient purpose must be established to overcome resistance to the lack of availability of the technology. As with other learning environments, assessing what has been learned in using the Web conferencing technology generally requires a teacher's professional judgment. This study provides early inquiry about infusing use of communication technology in teacher education. It raises questions about electronic conversations on difficult or controversial subjects. (Contains 24 references.) (SM)
Sosin, A. (2000). A Study of the Use of Web-Based Conferencing Software To Enhance Learning Environments in Teacher Education. Presented at American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting 2000.