Online Learning and the Younger Student—Theoretical and Practical Applications
Ann Musgrove, Florida Atlantic University, United States ; Glenn Musgrove, Broward Community College, United States
ITCE Volume 2004, Number 1, ISSN 1522-8185 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE)
The student population that is targeted for online learning has expanded to younger students. This article discusses the theory and practice of using online learning with K-5 students. When trying to adapt adult oriented distance education protocols for use with younger children a number of issues must be considered. These include differences in cognitive competencies and capacities, differences in how independent and autonomous the learning situation is, and differences in curriculum and goals of the educational process. As an example of good practice an online music class created and implemented for third, fourth and fifth grade students is examined. Specific examples of how to adapt distance learning to younger students are shown. The online classes were created using WebCT as a partial requirement for a Master's degree program in Education at Florida Atlantic University. The music class and three other classes all created for students in K-5 are available for review on the WebCT Internet.
Musgrove, A. & Musgrove, G. (2004). Online Learning and the Younger Student—Theoretical and Practical Applications. Information Technology in Childhood Education Annual, 2004(1), 213-225. Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
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