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ERIC Number: EJ829510
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jan
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 6
ISSN: ISSN-1527-1803
Changing the Landscape of Teacher Education via Online Teaching and Learning
Shin, Minsun; Lee, Yoon-Joo
Techniques: Connecting Education and Careers (J1), v84 n1 p32-33 Jan 2009
As online courses are offered as an alternative to traditional instruction in higher education, there are considerable debates about online teaching and learning. Some believe that online education shows promise as an innovative and creative pedagogical method; 67% of colleges and universities agree that online education is the single significant development and logical long-term strategy for the field of teacher preparation, offering flexibility and convenience by providing learning opportunities to anyone, at anytime, and anywhere. On the other hand, some educators hold skeptical views, perceiving distance learning as inadequate and inappropriate substitutes for on-campus and face-to-face instruction. The authors conducted a study to know the thoughts of the students who took online courses. Responses found that students were satisfied with the online courses and enjoyed the virtual learning experience. However, the students expressed concerns such as the lack of face-to-face interaction in the online environment. In order to make online education more effective and applicable to students, the authors suggest that a "hybrid" format seems to address the participants' major concerns related to the ways in which the online learning community is formed and maintained. When a traditional classroom environment and online world are combined, students are likely to benefit from the best of both worlds.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: New Jersey