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ERIC Number: EJ1390139
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2023
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0158-7919
EISSN: EISSN-1475-0198
Examining Gains and Pains of a New Virtual Internship Design
Wang, Qian; Xun, Jiyao; Li, Na; Huijser, Henk; Shen, Juming; Chen, Jian
Distance Education, v44 n2 p246-266 2023
This study investigated how student effort and the course design influenced an online internship in China. A cohort of 95 postgraduate students became distance learners in a credit-bearing internship course due to COVID-19. The course leader applied the action learning framework to prompt student online collaboration and group inquiry. The framework assumes the importance of self-reliant learner autonomy in virtual internships. After the course, researchers analyzed the effects of self-directed learning with technology on a multidimensional community of inquiry in a virtual environment. The study also identified students' narratives that explain how self-directed learning with technology interacted with three elements of virtual communities of inquiry: social, cognitive, and teaching. Findings explain how virtual internships can be facilitated through a community of inquiry model. Educators and practitioners may consider the model to demonstrate student-staff partnerships (Fitzgerald et al., 2020) to achieve quality transformation of internships from face-to-face mode to distance education.
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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: China
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