Creating Real Tools & Curriculum to Prepare Virtual Teachers
Niki Davis, Iowa State University Center for Technology in Learning & Teaching, United States ; M.D. (Peggy) M.D. Roblyer, University of Tennessee-Chattanooga, United States ; Rick Ferdig, University of Florida, United States ; Zahrl Schoeny, University of Virginia, United States ; Ron Ellis, Graceland University, United States ; Yasemin Demiraslan, Lily Ko-Li Compton, Iowa State University Center for Technology in Learning & Teaching, Turkey
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in San Antonio, Texas, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-61-7 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
Virtual schooling, or the practice of offering K-12 courses via distance technologies, has rapidly increased in popularity since its beginning in 1994. A key component in the success of VS teaching and learning is the extent to which teacher education programs can foster the development of future educators who can become effective VS facilitators, teachers, and designers. This paper describes the work of a national project Teacher Education Goes Into Virtual Schooling (TEGIVS) in each of four participating universities' teacher preparation programs and provides an update of progress. After a brief review of project goals, the description focuses on the creation and formative evaluation of tools and curriculum materials through which the project will introduce preservice teachers to virtual schooling. Also included are the revisions of the tools and the curriculum after these initial uses and recommendations for further research and development.
Davis, N., Roblyer, M.D.M.D., Ferdig, R., Schoeny, Z., Ellis, R., Demiraslan, Y. & Compton, L.K.L. (2007). Creating Real Tools & Curriculum to Prepare Virtual Teachers. In R. Carlsen, K. McFerrin, J. Price, R. Weber & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2007--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 281-285). San Antonio, Texas, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).