Exploring connected learning spaces in teacher education

Publication Type:
Conference Proceeding
Citation:
30th Annual conference on Australian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education, ASCILITE 2013, 2013, pp. 694 - 705
Issue Date:
2013-01-01
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This paper reports on outcomes from a study that explored how connected learning spaces, mediated by videoconference technology, enabled real-world engagement in pre-service teacher education. Student teachers in drama and science education participated in the study, which involved varied connections with school children and their classroom teachers. Key themes that emerged were underpinned by a consideration of authentic learning: student teachers’ observations of teacher practices; enactment of multiple roles; and exposure to diverse and timely feedback. Implications for the design of discipline specific on-campus activities are considered in relation to how they inform effective integration of videoconference technology for real-world, professional engagement in teacher education.
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