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Facilitating a Pre-Service Technology Course Using Blackboard and Videoconferencing PROCEEDINGS

, North Carolina Central University, United States

Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Orlando, Florida, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-58-7 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA

Abstract

The integration of instructional technology into K-12 curricula is part of the North Carolina Standard Course of Study. In preparing future teachers, each candidate at NCCU must take a computer utilization course. This becomes a challenge for students who cannot attend face-to-face classes on a regular basis. To maintain the integrity of the course and support these novice users, it was essential to have added features to our traditional learning management system. Elluminate, a desktop videoconferencing solution, was used to provide additional instruction along with Blackboard, our learning management system. The videoconferencing sessions were used for: direct instruction, exploring new software, small group discussion, and special help. When comparing this course with a non-facilitated course, the author noted that students preferred the facilitated course with opportunities to converse with both the instructor and classmates.

Citation

Tyler, D. (2006). Facilitating a Pre-Service Technology Course Using Blackboard and Videoconferencing. In C. Crawford et al. (Eds.), Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2006 (pp. 571-575). Chesapeake, VA: AACE.

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