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ERIC Number: ED524658
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jul
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 15
How Do Students Perceive the Enhancement of their Own Learning? A Comparison of Two Education Faculties' Experiences in Building an Online Learning Community for Bachelor of Music Education and Bachelor of Education Students
Rowley, Jennifer; O'Dea, Jennifer
Australian Teacher Education Association, Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Australian Teacher Education Association (ATEA) (Albury, Jun 28-Jul 1, 2009)
Enhancing learning and teaching in blended learning environments is a strategic goal of The University of Sydney as eLearning continues to grow. Blackboard (WebCT) was integrated into the undergraduate Bachelor of Education program curricula through e-readings, discussion boards, lectures and online assessment tasks. The study was undertaken among 63 Bachelor of Education in Human Movement and Health Education students in 2006 and 61 Bachelor of Music (Music Education) students in 2007. The purpose was to encourage active and collaborative learning with the focus on building a blended learning environment. A pre and post quantitative questionnaire measuring students' perceived online learning skills, confidence, experience, anxiety, enjoyment and enhancement of learning was conducted before and after the teaching activities across the two faculties (Faculty of Education and Social Work [EDSW] and Sydney Conservatorium of Music [SCM]) providing teacher education during 2006 & 2007. The Research Questions for this study were: 1. What is students' past experience with WebCT? 2. How do students' perceive their skills, confidence, experience, anxiety and enjoyment in regard to using computers, Internet and WebCT? 3. How do students perceive the enhancement of their own learning using WebCT? 4. How do these variables change among students before and after a course using some WebCT delivery? The results of the study showed that blended learning environments provided enhanced learning experiences for both cohorts of students. Identified variables affecting the learning process and how students in EDSW and SCM perceive their learning will be useful in planning future eLearning for these students. Appended are: (1) Open ended questions answered by EDSW student participants; and (2) Open ended questions answered by SCM student participants. (Contains 4 figures.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Australian Teacher Education Association (ATEA)
Identifiers - Location: Australia