Collaborative Learning Partnerships During a World Pandemic: Pairing In-Service and Pre-Service Teachers in a Web-Based Learning Course
Abstract: When the Covid-19 hit the world in March 2020, many student teachers were pulled from placements as teaching practicums were cancelled. Teachers were scrambling to learn how to engage in web-based teaching and learning. This paper outlines how in-service and pre-service teachers were paired as part of an Education Technology elective course entitled, Web-Based Learning. The project was implemented with the intent that mentor teachers would benefit from working with preservice teachers to develop resources for their classrooms and preservice teachers would benefit from the opportunity to apply their theoretical knowledge to fit the needs of a real-world sample of students. An invitation for teachers to participate was sent out via social media. A maximum of thirty teachers was needed to pair with the student teachers. Thirty-five teachers signed up to participate in the informal pairing before the invitation was removed from the Internet. Students were able to select a teacher who taught in the subject or grade that they hoped to teach in their future careers. This paper will discuss how the pairing was organized, present the feedback from all teachers and suggest implications for future implementation.