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The specific skills required of teachers who deliver K–12 distance education courses by synchronous videoconference: Implications for training and professional development

Rehn, N., Maor, D.ORCID: 0000-0002-0743-4755 and McConney, A.ORCID: 0000-0001-7618-8829 (2018) The specific skills required of teachers who deliver K–12 distance education courses by synchronous videoconference: Implications for training and professional development. Technology, Pedagogy and Education, 27 (4). pp. 417-429.

Link to Published Version: https://doi.org/10.1080/1475939X.2018.1483265
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Abstract

The purpose of this research is to identify the specific skills required of videoconference teachers who teach K–12 distance education courses. Many schools and educational districts worldwide are using videoconference technology to deliver courses to students as an economic solution when they cannot afford specialised teachers at remote locations. However, teachers are rarely trained to use this instructional technology and must therefore translate their experience in face-to-face and/or online teaching to this alternative medium. The collective case study used observations and interviews of eight teachers across five schools to identify the specific skills required to teach in a way that they perceived as successful in a videoconference class. It was found that teachers are largely under-prepared with strategies to project presence, develop relationships, foster interaction, manage the course and teach content across a distance when the screen is the main tool of connection. The authors offer a path to improvement that involves supporting teacher action research, creating communities of inquiry and developing teaching quality standards specific to videoconference.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Education
Publisher: Routledge, part of the Taylor & Francis Group
Copyright: © 2018 Informa UK Limited
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/41280
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