ERIC Number: ED428650
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Jun
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Virtual Classrooms in Traditional Universities: Changing Teaching Cultures through Telematics.
Barajas, Mario; Chrysos, Adonis; Bosco, Alejandra; Fonollosa, Maite; Alvarez, Isabel; Sancho, Juana M.
This paper describes two experiences in which traditional face-to-face and World Wide Web-based teaching methods were combined at the University of Barcelona (Spain) as part of a regular course in Environmental Education for student teachers. The first experience took place within the university when a Web-based module was delivered to a group of students attending the regular course at the same time. The second experience was carried out in collaboration with the University of Barcelona, the University of Bangor-Wales, the University of Illes Balears (Spain), and Nottingham Trent State University (England). Thirty-five lecturers and pre-service teachers took place in an online debate about the role of teachers in environmental education. In both cases the students were assessed. Topics discussed in the paper include: (1) background on the REM (Reseau d'Enseignement Multimedia) project, funded by the European Union; (2) the evaluation approach, which included observation of students, face-to-face meetings, personal interviews, recordings of student interactions with the Web-based material, and personal diaries; (3) evaluation of the first experience, including institutional aspects, communication processes, design of the materials and activities, and participants' expectations and attitudes; (4) evaluation of the second experience; and (5) recommendations for the future. (Author/DLS)
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Mediated Communication, Conventional Instruction, Cooperative Learning, Cooperative Programs, Courseware, Debate, Distance Education, Educational Technology, Environmental Education, Evaluation Methods, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Instructional Design, International Programs, Languages, Preservice Teacher Education, Qualitative Research, Student Attitudes, Student Teachers, Teacher Role, Virtual Classrooms, World Wide Web
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: European Union