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ERIC Number: EJ855721
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-May
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0158-7919
What Are Secondary Students' Expectations for Teachers in Virtual School Environments?
Oliver, Kevin; Osborne, Jason; Brady, Kevin
Distance Education, v30 n1 p23-45 May 2009
A recent evaluation of the new North Carolina Virtual Public School (NCVPS) in the USA revealed numerous expectations for virtual school teachers from secondary students. Specifically, students expected their teachers to actually teach rather than moderate a course shell, supplement course shells with content and projects that illustrate relevance, provide for both content and peer interaction, and respond to questions and provide feedback quickly. The data suggest a possible content-related interaction where a limited course shell can be bolstered by a proactive teacher, but potentially flounder among teachers who do not expect or know how to supplement an online course. Data further suggest a potential communication-related interaction where increased opportunities for student-student and student-teacher interaction could potentially decrease the actual or perceived need for individualized attention that is particularly challenging for virtual teachers to provide. These results can be used to establish teacher expectations and design professional development experiences that prepare teachers to undertake divergent roles unique to online instruction. (Contains 2 tables and 4 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: North Carolina