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ERIC Number: ED440922
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999
Pages: 5
Abstractor: N/A
Using WebCT Bulletin Board Option To Extend Transitional Classroom Walls.
LaMaster, Kathryn J.; Morley, Laurie
This paper describes a study that used WebCT Bulletin Board, a program for breaking down geographical barriers to collaborating in distance education. Participants were preservice teachers, mentor physical educators, and university professors. WebCT was used to support electronic bulletin board communication. Students utilized WebCT's internal homepage development feature. Creation of homepages provided participants with a vehicle for learning and established a sense of community. Students and mentors were encouraged to access homepages and learn more about their online peers. Students selected another student with whom to exchange e-mail messages. Every 3 weeks, a university professor posted a case study and guided questions. Participants were encouraged to respond to the cases and questions by posting replies. Data sources for the project included responses to case studies, interactions between students and mentors, and survey results upon completing the project. Overall, students found electronic interaction a meaningful, enjoyable experience, though some expressed frustration with utilizing WebCT. Students considered WebCT easy to use and believed this type of teaching should continue in the future. Students enjoyed the general forum, with all messages posted to one main site, while mentors preferred small group forums. Mentors were extremely positive about using WebCT to communicate with students. (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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