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Keeping the party in full swing: findings on online student engagement with teacher education students


Hopwood, B and Dyment, J and Downing, J and Stone, C and Muir, T and Freeman, E and Milthorpe, N, Keeping the party in full swing: findings on online student engagement with teacher education students, Journal of Continuing Higher Education pp. 1-20. ISSN 0737-7363 (2021) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2021 Association for Continuing Higher Education

DOI: doi:10.1080/07377363.2021.1966922


The proportion of Australian students enrolling in a fully distance, online mode has been increasing over the past decade across a range of courses, including initial teacher education (ITE). The COVID-19 pandemic has further increased the need to teach and design courses in ways that successfully engage students online. This research set out to gain a deeper understanding of what it means for ITE students to be engaged in online learning and how teacher educators can enhance pedagogical practices in the online learning space. Our research tracked the experiences of nine ITE students through a series of interviews before, during, and at the conclusion of a 13-week semester, enabling us to gain valuable insights into the factors that contributed to student engagement throughout this length of time. Our findings offer some pragmatic suggestions for successfully "hosting" these students as they join and participate in the teacher education community. Using the analogy of hosting a party, we propose ways to effectively welcome online students into their learning community, encourage them to participate, enjoy the experience, and be less inclined to leave early.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:online learning, online instructor, higher education, initial teacher education, online, student voice, student engagement, qualitative method
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Education systems
Research Field:Teacher education and professional development of educators
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Teaching and curriculum
Objective Field:Teacher and instructor development
UTAS Author:Hopwood, B (Ms Belinda Hopwood)
UTAS Author:Downing, J (Dr Jillian Downing)
UTAS Author:Muir, T (Associate Professor Tracey Muir)
UTAS Author:Freeman, E (Dr Elizabeth Freeman)
UTAS Author:Milthorpe, N (Dr Naomi Milthorpe)
ID Code:147381
Year Published:2021
Web of Science® Times Cited:2
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2021-10-29
Last Modified:2021-12-23

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