Meeting the challenge of online undergraduate teacher training in health and physical education

Wilson-Gahan, Susan (2011) Meeting the challenge of online undergraduate teacher training in health and physical education. In: 7th International Conference on Education (ICE 2011): Frontiers in Education, 7-9 Jul 2011, Samos Island, Greece.

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At the University of Southern Queensland (USQ) first year undergraduate students must complete a course called EDX1450 Curriculum and Pedagogy in Health and Physical Education that is delivered at the three physical campuses and online to an average enrolment of approximately 800 students from all over the world per year. Finding ways for trainee teachers to learn how to teach Health and Physical Education through a web based learning environment is a challenge. Ensuring the online students have an authentic experience in learning how to teach Health and Physical Education is being achieved through the use multiple modern technologies including MP3 players, video, Wimba classrooms, Skype, mobile phone, Camtasia relays, digital photography, YouTube clips, online forums, blogs, Facebook, podcasts, vodcasts and video conferencing. Tertiary students are demanding the flexibility of web based learning in all University courses. The University of Southern Queensland based in the regional city of Toowoomba, Queensland is one of the largest providers of online learning in tertiary education in Australia. Teaching Health and Physical Education in the online mode presents issues to be solved, especially in the area of teaching trainee teachers how to teach physical activity. Sustaining enrolment numbers and delivering courses online without compromising the quality of teacher training in the key learning area of Health and Physical Education is a challenge the Faculty of Education at USQ is meeting through trialling of ideas and building on student feedback.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Education
Date Deposited: 30 May 2014 06:27
Last Modified: 07 Jul 2017 00:38
Uncontrolled Keywords: ICT; physical education; health education; online learning
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130299 Curriculum and Pedagogy not elsewhere classified
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130313 Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130210 Physical Education and Development Curriculum and Pedagogy
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education

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