ERIC Number: EJ844209
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 30
"Teaching Online Made Me a Better Teacher": Studying the Impact of Virtual Course Experiences on Teachers' Face-to-Face Practice
Roblyer, M. D.; Porter, Marclyn; Bielefeldt, Talbot; Donaldson, Martha B.
Journal of Computing in Teacher Education, v25 n4 p121-126 Sum 2009
Anecdotal accounts from teachers have long suggested the possibility that virtual teaching experiences have a positive impact on face-to-face teaching practices, a so-called "reverse impact" phenomenon. Survey and focus group data collected as part of a statewide evaluation of a virtual school offered an opportunity to explore this impact. Findings from a study of teacher perceptions indicate that three quarters of teachers who teach in both virtual and traditional environments felt that virtual experiences improved their practice in face-to-face classrooms. The authors discuss three types of impact reflected in teacher comments and discuss tentative implications for teacher preparation programs and for bolstering the rationale for using technology in education.
Descriptors: Focus Groups, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Improvement, Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Surveys, Teacher Education Programs, Conventional Instruction, High Schools, Secondary School Teachers, State Programs, Virtual Classrooms, Web Based Instruction, Educational Technology, Electronic Learning, Online Courses, Distance Education
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; High Schools; Secondary Education
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