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ERIC Number: EJ1085353
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0316-1218
Exploring Future Teachers' Awareness, Competence, Confidence, and Attitudes Regarding Teaching Online: Incorporating Blended/Online Experience into the "Teaching and Learning in Higher Education" Course for Graduate Students
Sheffield, Suzanne Le-May; McSweeney, Jill Marie; Panych, Aaron
Canadian Journal of Higher Education, v45 n3 p1-14 2015
Dalhousie University's Centre for Learning and Teaching offers a Certificate in University Teaching and Learning, which includes a 12-week course entitled "Teaching and Learning in Higher Education." This course provides the certificate's theory component and has evolved to reflect the changing needs of future educators. One significant change is the development of a blended course model that incorporates graded online facilitation, prompted by the recognition that teaching assistants and faculty are increasingly required to teach online or blended (i.e., combining face-to-face and online) courses. This study invited graduate students enrolled in the course to participate in pre- and post-facilitation questionnaires that assessed their awareness, competence, confidence, and attitudes towards online and blended learning. Students recognized the value of the online component for future teaching expertise and experienced increased awareness, competence, and confidence regarding teaching online. However, preference for face-to-face teaching and student learning did not change.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada
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