Virtual Field Experience – Observing Virtual Teaching at a Distance: A Pilot Study
Lily Compton, Niki Davis, Center for Technology in Learning and Teaching, Iowa State University, United States ; Rachel Graham, Purnima Swaharu, Iowa State University, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-64-8 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
Virtual schooling, or the practice of offering K-12 courses via distance technologies, has rapidly increased in popularity since its beginning in 1994. Although effective interaction with and support for students in these environments requires a unique set of skills and experiences, teacher education programs currently place very little emphasis on teaching and facilitation competencies for virtual school education. Even less has been offered in terms of virtual field experience. This poster reports on a pilot virtual field experience which provided preservice teachers the opportunities to observe how a high school science course was taught using blended technologies.
Compton, L., Davis, N., Graham, R. & Swaharu, P. (2008). Virtual Field Experience – Observing Virtual Teaching at a Distance: A Pilot Study. In K. McFerrin, R. Weber, R. Carlsen & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2008--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 285-288). Las Vegas, Nevada, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).