Making online classrooms real: engaging pedagogy for online students

Black, Trevor and Louth, Sharon and Martin, David (2014) Making online classrooms real: engaging pedagogy for online students. In: Australian Teacher Education Association Annual Conference (ATEA 2014), 6-9 Jul 2014, Sydney, Australia.


In recent years there has been a move towards offering University courses in an online mode to increase access for marginalised groups of students and to cater for students that wish to complete their studies whilst still continuing to be employed during normal business hours. Students in pre-service teaching programs, like other students, have taken to this form of study in large numbers. This move towards online pre-service courses of study is not without its critics with an often heard comment from practicing teachers being 'how can you prepare students to be teachers when you don’t even get to meet them face to face'. This paper reports on the findings of a group of teacher education academics who implemented synchronous cooperative learning strategies in their online courses with the aim of giving students a face to face classroom experience whilst working in an online medium (Blackboard CollaborateTM). Quantitative and qualitative data were collected using an online survey and online synchronous focus groups. The findings of this study demonstrate the need for students to have access to synchronous interactions with peers and lecturers as well as the need for further investigation into developing engaging pedagogy for online learners. The results provide a stimulus for further discussions and deliberations by higher education practitioners moving towards offering online pre-service education programs.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
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Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Teacher Education and Early Childhood
Date Deposited: 05 May 2015 05:03
Last Modified: 13 Jul 2017 03:53
Uncontrolled Keywords: teacher education; online pedagogy; cooperative learning; blackboard collaborate
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130306 Educational Technology and Computing
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170103 Educational Psychology
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130202 Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930201 Pedagogy

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