Saving Money, Strengthening Learning: WebCT as an Adjunct in Graduate Education
Richard Schmertzing, Lorraine Schmertzing, Valdosta State University, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Atlanta, GA, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-52-5 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC USA
Having to teach a graduate content area course on a five-day plan raised the issue of how and when students could get to know each other and establish a community of learners -- a context in which trust and respect would be established. The chosen method used the month prior to class meetings for online discussions not only as a matter of a prelude to the class but more importantly as a matter of creating a trusting learning community through the topics they discussed. By encouraging students to tell their own stories, trust was built, the context was set and the class was not only successfully in the students' minds, but also in the minds of the university administrators because deep learning was achieved for fewer dollars.
Schmertzing, R. & Schmertzing, L. (2004). Saving Money, Strengthening Learning: WebCT as an Adjunct in Graduate Education. In R. Ferdig, C. Crawford, R. Carlsen, N. Davis, J. Price, R. Weber & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2004--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 2620-2625). Atlanta, GA, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).