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“There was nowhere to hide…”: the surprising discovery of how weekly web conferences facilitated engagement for online initial teacher education students

Dyment, J ORCID: 0000-0002-7960-5971 and Downing, J ORCID: 0000-0003-3600-0400 2018 , '“There was nowhere to hide…”: the surprising discovery of how weekly web conferences facilitated engagement for online initial teacher education students' , Asia - Pacific Journal of Teacher Education , pp. 1-20 , doi: 10.1080/1359866X.2018.1444140.

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Abstract

This paper reports on the ways that weekly webconferences (WC) facilitated engagement for thirty-two ITES enrolled in a capstone unit in their final semester of study in a teacher education course. Using a descriptive mixed-methods case study approach, the initial teacher educationstudents (ITES) completed questionnaires, participated in follow-up interviews and completed their assessment tasks to shed insight into the impact of the WC. The findings reveal the powerful ways that the WC facilitated engagement for ITES in their studies and helped develop the professional attributes expected of graduates. Importantly, the study revealed that the WC enabled a deeper level of engagement, satisfaction and sense of achievement than alternative activities, including face to face tutorials.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Dyment, J and Downing, J
Keywords: pre service, online, webconferences
Journal or Publication Title: Asia - Pacific Journal of Teacher Education
Publisher: Routledge
ISSN: 1359-866X
DOI / ID Number: 10.1080/1359866X.2018.1444140
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© 2018 Australian Teacher Education Association

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