Tuesday, March 21
10:30 AM-11:00 AM
Indian River

The Benefits and Limitations of Online Group Work in a Teacher Education Program

Full Paper ID: 15019
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    Heejung An
    William Paterson University
  2. Sangkyung Kim
    Teachers College, Columbia University

Abstract: This study examined the benefits and difficulties that graduate student teachers perceived while participating in online collaborative group activities during their first year of a masters program. Overall, it was discovered that the three most prominent perceived learning outcomes involved 1) the teachers’ recognition of the value of a supportive learning community, 2) the teachers’ belief that such practices could develop their metacognitive knowledge, and 3) the teachers’ new understanding of the constructive use of online communication tools. Difficulties encountered while attempting to achieve these online collaborative tasks were found to involve 1) cognitive conflicts, 2) individual differences, 3) difficulties adapting to a non-differentiated grading system, 4) time-zone scheduling problems and 5) the unique challenges caused by not being able to communicate face-to-face.

Presider: Joette Stefl-Mabry, University at Albany, State University of New York


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