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ERIC Number: ED477732
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Dec
Pages: 4
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Telecommunications Distance Learning and Teacher Preparation. ERIC Digest.
Cosgrove, Maryellen S.
This digest focuses on the advantages of distance learning (DL) in teacher preparation, explaining that teacher candidates need to be ready to embrace rapidly changing technologies throughout their careers. Teacher education programs can extend the traditional uses of DL by bringing campus-based courses into school-based classrooms, expanding clinical experiences to a variety of settings, and requiring teacher candidates to team teach with distant teachers to reach more students in diverse settings. The digest discusses linking theory with practice, linking teacher candidates with supervisors, and linking teacher candidates with peers, then focuses on challenges and guidelines to using DL in teacher preparation, including: carefully consider materials, aids, and strategies; immediately establish a rapport among all students and teachers; use a variety of techniques throughout the lesson; provide interactive opportunities with the instructor and other students at all sites; use feedback to maintain motivation and correct misconceptions and monitor student learning; use both summarization and closure techniques to continuously review key points of the lesson; frequently look into the camera to make eye contact with distance learners; use precise enunciation and articulation; and ensure coordination between sites. (Contains 18 references.) (SM)
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Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Teaching and Teacher Education, Washington, DC.