Time After Time Online: An Extended Study of Virtual Coaching During Distant Clinical Practice
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Rock, M., Gregg, M., Gable, R., Zigmond, N., Blanks, B., Howard, P. & Bullock, L. (2012). Time After Time Online: An Extended Study of Virtual Coaching During Distant Clinical Practice. Journal of Technology and Teacher Education, 20(3), 277-304. Chesapeake, VA: SITE.
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Journal of Technology and Teacher Education
Volume 20, Issue 3, July 2012
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education Chesapeake, VA
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For the past decade, general and special teacher education faculties have incorporated technology-mediated online learning and distance education coursework into preparation programs with relative ease. However, supervising and supporting students’ clinical experiences from a distance, which is the other critical component of effective teacher training, has posed some tremendous challenges. In this mixed methodology inquiry, we extended Rock et al.’s (2009) pioneering study of advanced online Bug in Ear (BIE) technology as an approach to supervise and to provide 13 teachers in training with virtual coaching feedback online, in real-time, during their distant clinical experiences. All virtual coaching sessions were captured electronically, and performance data were analyzed. The results confirmed that improvements in participants’ use of research-based instructional strategies were achieved, in part, through immediate virtual coaching feedback delivered from a distance, using advanced online BIE technology. Implications for practice are discussed within the context of online learning and distance education. Keywords: virtual coaching, online bug-in-ear technology, supervision, online learning/distance education, teacher preparation
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