e-Collaboration in teacher education

Colin Boylan, Ted - Alaska Pacific University Anchorage Munsch

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Through collegial staff links between Alaska Pacific University in Alaska USA and Charles Sturt University in New South Wales Australia, the opportunity for pre-service teachers at each institution to engage and work collaboratively with each other arose.A voluntary program of collaboration was designed in which students were paired across each institution. Seventeen students participated and formed eight teams. The teams were instructed to maintain regular email contact over a four-week period of time, beginning with an exchange of information about their personal backgrounds and college activities. As a culminating exercise, teams were required to collaboratively plan a learning activity that each member could use in a classroom in either Alaska or New South Wales. Feedback on the program was provided by14 students.In this presentation, student feedback on the e-collaboration program's outcomes and benefits for each student as well as examples of collaboratively planned learning activities will be shared. Lessons learned and implications for continuing e-collaborative efforts at several educational levels will be discussed. 'Pen pals' have been replaced by 'e-pals'.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication25th SPERA
Subtitle of host publicationEducation in a digital present: enriching rural communities
EditorsColin Boylan
Place of PublicationOsborne Park WA
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)097754933X
Publication statusPublished - 2009
EventSociety for the provision of education in rural Australia conference - Adelaide, Australia
Duration: 08 Jul 200910 Jul 2009


ConferenceSociety for the provision of education in rural Australia conference

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