Online learning works for diverse-skilled students PROCEEDINGS
Ilana Ronen, Miri Shonfeld, Kibbutzim College of Education, Israel
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-64-8 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
In light of the importance of online learning as a teaching tool, an ongoing five-year study was designed to face the challenge of adapting an online course for group of students of diverse skills; students with learning disabilities (LD), excellence students and regular students. The “Science Education” on-line course, part of the teacher-training program for k-2 pre-service teachers, focuses on constructing a science teaching unit and is based mainly on learning scientific concepts, fostering lab skills, and practicum. The intention of the study was to find a framework for implementing the online labs, as well. This study carefully reports a slight but explicitly marginal advantage of the LD pre-service teachers
achievements in comparison to the other pre-service teachers. Moreover, the study shows a five year gradual improvement in the online labs performance, and suggests synchronized lectures and forums for increasing effectiveness and learning.
Ronen, I. & Shonfeld, M. (2008). Online learning works for diverse-skilled students. In K. McFerrin, R. Weber, R. Carlsen & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2008 (pp. 4766-4773). Chesapeake, VA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
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