ERIC Number: ED477047
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Jun
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Creating a Virtual Community with PT3: College of Education Students' Beliefs, Expectations and Attitudes toward Online Learning.
Kurubacak, Gulsun; Baptiste, H. Prentice
Through the Preparing Tomorrow's Teachers to Use Technology (PT3) project, online distance courses in College of Education at New Mexico State University (NMSU) have become an essential component of the Teacher Education Program. Pre-service teachers have been engaged in the process of learning with and about technology. The main purpose of this study is to describe and analyze College of Education students' beliefs, expectations, and attitudes toward online learning. This is a qualitative ongoing case study. Through purposive sampling techniques, 21 students from 6 different online graduate courses in the College of Education were selected as participants. Videotaped interviews were conducted to explore and evaluate students' reflections toward online learning in its natural environment. This study is exploratory in order to allow insights to emerge from a recursive data analysis process. The variables in the site of the research are highly complex and extensive. The research data is very context dependent and needs to be collected in its natural environment without controls and manipulations. (Author)
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Attitudes, Computer Uses in Education, Data Analysis, Distance Education, Educational Technology, Higher Education, Online Systems, Preservice Teacher Education, Schools of Education, Student Attitudes, Student Reaction
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