R U there yet? using virtual classrooms to transform teaching practice

Pelliccione, Lina & Broadley, Tania (2010) R U there yet? using virtual classrooms to transform teaching practice. In International, Lams & The Learning, Edge (Eds.) ASCILITE - Australian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education Annual Conference, 2010, Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education.

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Abstract

Access to quality higher education is challenging for many Western Australians that live outside the metropolitan area. In 2010, the School of Education moved to flexible delivery of a fully online Bachelor of Education degree for their non -metropolitan students. The new model of delivery allows access for students from any location provided they have a computer and an internet connection. A number of academic staff had previously used an asynchronous environment to deliver learning modules housed within a learning management system (LMS) but had not used synchronous software with their students. To enhance the learning environment and to provide high quality learning experiences to students learning at a distance, the adoption of synchronous software (Elluminate Live) was introduced. This software is a real-time virtual classroom environment that allows for communication through Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) and videoconferencing, along with a large number of collaboration tools to engage learners. This research paper reports on the integration of a live e-learning solution into the current LMS environment. Qualitative data were collected from academic staff through informal interviews and participant observation. The findings discuss (i) perceived level of support; (ii) identification of strategies used to create an effective online teacher presence; (iii) the perceived impact on the students' learning outcomes; and (iv) guidelines for professional development to enhance pedagogy within the live e-learning environment.

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ID Code: 93407
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: No
Keywords: Academic professional development, Elearning, Synchronous software, Academic staff, Collaboration Tool, E-learning environment, Flexible delivery, High quality, Higher education, Internet connection, Learning environments, Learning management system, Learning modules, Learning outcome, Metropolitan area, Participant observations, Professional development, Qualitative data, Research papers, Students learning, Teaching practices, Virtual Classroom, Voice over Internet protocol, Computer aided instruction, Computer software, E-learning, Education computing, Internet telephony, Video conferencing, Voice/data communication systems, Students
ISBN: 9781742720166
Deposited On: 07 Mar 2016 02:17
Last Modified: 10 Mar 2016 06:07

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