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ERIC Number: EJ779019
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 30
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 30
ISSN: ISSN-1059-7069
Investigating Student Attitudes toward a Synchronous, Online Graduate Course in a Multi-User Virtual Learning Environment
Annetta, Leonard; Murray, Marshall; Gull Laird, Shelby; Bohr, Stephanie; Park, John
Journal of Technology and Teacher Education, v16 n1 p5-34 2008
This article describes a graduate distance education course at North Carolina State University, which combined science content and pedagogy with video game design. The course was conducted entirely in a synchronous, online, Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) through the ActiveWorlds[TM] platform. Inservice teachers enrolled as graduate students in science education learned to construct video games as a supplement to their science instruction. The ultimate objective of this course was to advance student achievement and interest in science by providing teachers with a viable source for integrating video game technology into the curriculum. A case study design suggested positive student attitudes toward course satisfaction. The implications of these results suggest a positive avenue for technology integration in teacher education that meets the growing demand for engaging students in all content areas. (Contains 2 figures, 1 table and 1 note.) [This project was funded by the North Carolina State Distance Education and Learning Technologies Alliance.]
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: North Carolina