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ERIC Number: ED458190
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Jun-26
Pages: 9
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Connecting Parents and Teachers on the MUVE.
Erlanger, Wendy; Virgen-Heim, Veronica; Bryde, Beverly
This study evaluated the effectiveness of Tapped In, a multi-user virtual environment (MUVE), in facilitating parent-teacher conferencing. California Lutheran University had received a grant to prepare teachers to use technology and implement distance learning. Participants chose Tapped In, which allowed faculty to meet with preservice and inservice teachers in real-time virtual classrooms and online for seminars and meetings. It also allowed inservice teachers to communicate with students' families about student progress and provided an opportunity to appropriately integrate technology in their own teaching and learning. A survey was developed to assess teachers' attitudes before and after using Tapped In as an online parent- conferencing tool. Graduate students completed the pre-survey, explained Tapped In to parents, then met with parents three times during the semester. Topics for online discussion included homework, upcoming events, and reactions to Tapped In. At the end of the semester, they completed the survey again, wrote class profiles and reflections, and turned in transcripts from Tapped In sessions. Results indicated that though teachers had some initial concerns, they were very positive about the experience overall, and they showed increases in their comfort levels with face-to-face and online parent conferencing. (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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