The impact of an Internet-based forum on preservice teachers' educational experience.
Kathleen Hughes De Sousa, St. Petersburg College, United States ; Kelley Chappell, PhD, Capella University, United States ; Sally Naylor, PhD, St. Petersburg College, United States
EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Montreal, Canada ISBN 978-1-880094-56-3 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC
As technology blurs the lines between traditional and non-traditional education, it is important to understand how the Internet can be used to supplement "traditional" educational experiences. Research is being conducted to investigate the impact of online social gathering spaces for students enrolled in traditional college degree programs. The research examines computer self-efficacy, social support, computer experience, and other student demographics as they relate to the use of an online social gathering place for students enrolled in a "traditional" preservice education program. It is predicted that frequent use of an online gathering place will be linked with higher perceptions of social support and higher computer self-efficacy. Preliminary results and implications for other higher educational institutions that want to understand how the Internet can supplement the educational experiences of their students will be discussed.
Hughes De Sousa, K., Chappell, PhD, K. & Naylor, PhD, S. (2005). The impact of an Internet-based forum on preservice teachers' educational experience. In P. Kommers & G. Richards (Eds.), Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2005--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (pp. 2020-2024). Montreal, Canada: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
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