ERIC Number: EJ1066636
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Reference Count: 13
Using an Electronic Bulletin Board in Science Teacher Education: Issues and Trade-Offs
Burkett, Ruth S.; Leard, Cynthia; Spector, Barbara S.
Journal of Interactive Online Learning, v3 n1 Sum 2004
University professors increasingly are expected to infuse computer technology in teaching. Many universities are aggressively promoting the delivery of entire courses and programs using computers and the Internet as vehicles for instruction. There is also a movement to align university teaching with the national standards for K-12 teaching. National and state standards call for K-12 teachers to integrate computer technology in teaching. One way to encourage prospective or experienced teachers to do that is to provide opportunities to experience success using computer technology during preservice and in-service courses. Computer-mediated communication (CMC), or any form of communication that takes place with the use of a personal computer, can be an effective tool for not only infusing technology in an education course, but also for fostering the creation of a community of learners within which the social interaction supporting meaningful learning occurs. This article discusses incorporation of the electronic bulletin board (BB) in science teacher education. As with any course design, there are advantages and disadvantages to incorporating the electronic BB in a course, which are discussed in this article.
Descriptors: Discussion Groups, Computer Mediated Communication, Technology Integration, Technology Uses in Education, Internet, Teacher Education Programs, Science Teachers, Interaction, Technical Assistance, Course Content, Journal Writing, Reflection, Concept Mapping, Communities of Practice, Evaluation Methods, Time Management
University of Alabama. 152 Rose Administration, P.O. Box 870104, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487. Web site: http://www.ncolr.org/jiol
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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