K-12 Educators’ Anxieties and Anticipations about Alberta’s Impending SuperNet
Krista Poscente, University of Calgary, Canada ; Liam Rourke, Terry Anderson, Canadian Institute for Distance Education Research, Athabasca University, Canada
EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Montreal, Canada ISBN 978-1-880094-56-3 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC
The purpose of this study was to solicit educators' perceptions of a high speed, broadband network being built in the Canadian province of Alberta, the Alberta SuperNet. We interviewed eight administrators, teachers, and technical support personnel in six Kindergarten-to-Grade 12 (K-12) distance education schools. They perceive the coming network with a mixture of anticipation and anxiety. They anticipate enhancing teaching and learning opportunities with multimedia learning objects and synchronous interaction on a faster, more reliable network. They are anxious about its associated costs, its compatibility with their existing systems, and its demands for sophisticated technical skills. This study is part of a larger, multidisciplinary SSHRC-funded project examining the affect of the Alberta SuperNet on several aspects of Alberta society.
Poscente, K., Rourke, L. & Anderson, T. (2005). K-12 Educators’ Anxieties and Anticipations about Alberta’s Impending SuperNet. In P. Kommers & G. Richards (Eds.), Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2005--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (pp. 92-97). Montreal, Canada: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
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