A Blended Multisite Distance Workshop in Mathematics Using Inquiry, Technology and Collaboration: An Initial Report
Laurie Dunlap, Antonio Quesada, University of Akron, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Charleston, SC, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-67-9 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
A blended distance learning workshop was conducted at The University of Akron for inservice mathematics teachers of grades 8 – 12. Multipoint interactive video conferencing was utilized to deliver interactive sessions between the university and five locations in northeast Ohio. The “TI-Nspire” calculator and course management system “Springboard” were used in the workshop. The goals of this workshop focused on deepening content knowledge, integrating technology, using inquiry, and peer collaboration. Initially, participants experienced frustration with this new environment, but this faded after three meetings. The results indicate that the goals of the workshop were achieved at a high level and that using the blended distance delivery, as opposed to face-to-face delivery, did not seem to lessen the amount of learning accomplished by participants. The experience gained will enhance the second half of this sequence which is offered in 2009.
Dunlap, L. & Quesada, A. (2009). A Blended Multisite Distance Workshop in Mathematics Using Inquiry, Technology and Collaboration: An Initial Report. In I. Gibson, R. Weber, K. McFerrin, R. Carlsen & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2009--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 340-347). Charleston, SC, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).