ERIC Number: ED449934
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
The Development of Virtual Classes in New Zealand and Canada: Some Implications for Administration and Policy.
A great deal of experimentation with telecommunications technologies is occurring in both New Zealand and Atlantic Canadian rural schools. New Zealand has developed a National Information and Communications Technology Strategy, the objectives and initiatives of which are described. On both the North and South Islands, small rural schools have developed electronic networks that link the schools to each other and to larger urban high schools, polytechnic schools, and the New Zealand Correspondence School in Wellington. In Newfoundland (Canada), the Memorial University of Newfoundland has assisted in creating advanced placement web-based mathematics and science courses that are delivered via satellite to an intranet of rural schools. Virtual classes suggest several implications: the more public nature of teaching online may require changes in teaching methods; the integration of virtual and traditional classes may lead to new professional hierarchies as some online teachers are hired by networks of schools and are assisted by on-site teachers; the linking of schools to share virtual classes will require academic and administrative collaboration in scheduling, curriculum development, and the sharing of teachers and resources; technical support and instructional design expertise in the preparation and upgrading of online courses will become a priority; the unsupervised nature of virtual classes requires students to learn independently and ask questions; and pedagogical difficulties involved with teaching across multiple sites demand particularly careful preparation on the teacher's part. (TD)
Descriptors: Computer Uses in Education, Distance Education, Educational Administration, Educational Cooperation, Educational Needs, Foreign Countries, Geographic Isolation, High Schools, Instructional Innovation, Internet, Rural Education, Teacher Student Relationship, Teaching Methods
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Memorial Univ., St. John's (Newfoundland). Faculty of Education.
Identifiers - Location: Canada; New Zealand