Synchronous virtual supervision of professional experience: issues and challenges

Winn, Stephen (2009) Synchronous virtual supervision of professional experience: issues and challenges. In: World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education (E-Learn 2009), 26-30 Oct 2009, Vancouver, Canada.

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The supervision of professional experience undertaken by tertiary students is an important component of any university programme. In Australia and other countries where there are vast distances between the university and the setting in which professional experience takes place, direct supervision by university academic staff is problematic. Alternate arrangements are sometimes put in place such as telephone links, emails, and on-line discussion boards. This paper explores the feasibility of synchronous virtual supervision in Australia with a view to develop positive reflective practice in pre-service teachers. This paper highlights the technical, ethical and logistical difficulties in using synchronous virtual supervision of teacher education students and points out the potential of this technology to overcome some long-standing problems associated with distances between universities and regional, rural, and remote schools. While this paper focuses on teacher education the same principles can be applied to other professions where there is a professional field experience.

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Additional Information: © 2009 AACE. This publication is copyright. It may be reproduced in whole or in part for the purposes of study, research, or review, but is subject to the inclusion of an acknowledgment of the source.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Learning and Teaching Support Unit
Date Deposited: 17 Sep 2014 01:46
Last Modified: 17 Sep 2014 01:46
Uncontrolled Keywords: discussion boards; field experience; teacher education
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130313 Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170103 Educational Psychology
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130303 Education Assessment and Evaluation
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930203 Teaching and Instruction Technologies

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