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What are they doing and how are they doing it? Rural student experiences in virtual schooling PROCEEDINGS

, Wayne State University, United States

E-Learn: World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education, in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-66-2 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA

Abstract

This qualitative study examined the nature of virtual schooling in Newfoundland and Labrador secondary education, specifically the learning experience for students and the kinds of support and assistance most frequently used and most valued by students learning in a virtual environment. Students and teachers were interviewed and observed during their virtual school class time. Data were analyzed using the constant comparative method. Findings indicated that during their asynchronous class time students were often assigned seat work or provided time to work on assignments, however, students rarely used this time to complete work. When the students required assistance they relied upon their local classmates, or their e-teacher or in-school teachers. Students rarely used most of the support resources provided to them. Further research is needed to improve asynchronous teaching strategies and to investigate how teachers encourage greater interaction and sense of community among students.

Citation

Barbour, M. (2008). What are they doing and how are they doing it? Rural student experiences in virtual schooling. In C. Bonk, M. Lee & T. Reynolds (Eds.), Proceedings of E-Learn 2008--World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education (pp. 2496-2503). Las Vegas, Nevada, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved October 21, 2018 from .