The Challenges of Improving Synchronous Web-based High School Course Delivery in Isolated Aboriginal Community Settings
Dennis Sharpe, David Philpott, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in San Diego, CA, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-78-5 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
This paper is based on a current (2007-2010) Social Sciences and Humanities Council of Canada community-university alliance funded research project that is investigating ways to improve the success rate of aboriginal high school learners who have little option but to complete some part of their program through distance delivered courses. The study is focused on several small remote communities along the coast of Labrador, Canada that have a mostly aboriginal population Both qualitative and quantitative data were gathered through provincial records and interview and focus group work involving students, parents, teachers and school administrators to ascertain current success rates in e-learning courses and also to help determine appropriate interventions that might positively impact success student success rates. Initial results have helped identify a number of possible and practical interventions that could be implemented by schools and other agencies responsible for the delivery of education.
Sharpe, D. & Philpott, D. (2010). The Challenges of Improving Synchronous Web-based High School Course Delivery in Isolated Aboriginal Community Settings. In D. Gibson & B. Dodge (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2010--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 2948-2955). San Diego, CA, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).