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Overcoming the barriers of distance: using mobile technology to facilitate moderation and best practice in initial teacher training

Overcoming the barriers of distance: using mobile technology to facilitate moderation and best practice in initial teacher training

Leggatt, Simon (2016) Overcoming the barriers of distance: using mobile technology to facilitate moderation and best practice in initial teacher training. Journal of Further and Higher Education, 40 (3). pp. 432-446. ISSN 0309-877X (Print), 1469-9486 (Online) (doi:10.1080/0309877X.2014.984597)

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Abstract

This case study describes the development process of a model using readily-available technology to facilitate collaboration, moderation and the dissemination of best practice in initial teacher training in the UK. Students, mentors, tutors and external examiners from a number of educational institutions in a UK, higher education-led Lifelong Learning Sector partnership (LLS) participated. The study explored the extent to which using group video-conferencing software and tablet computing had the potential to model best practice in giving feedback to students, in the setting of targets and in the joint observations of mentors and tutors based in separate institutions. A further area of investigation was the impact of the technology on the observation and moderation of teaching practice by external examiners. The study found that participants could identify a wide range of advantages of using the technology and also some disadvantages. The impact of the study was measured qualitatively via the students’ professional development record (PDR). The challenges involved in undertaking a multi-site study requiring Wi-Fi connectivity and involving participants from several institutions are described. The introduction of key information sets (KISs) related to employability creates an urgent need for HEIs to develop measures which enhance the employment prospects of all students.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: initial teacher training, feedback, technology, video conferencing, tablet computing, employability
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Education & Health
Faculty of Education & Health > Department of Secondary, LLTE & PE & Sport
Last Modified: 04 Jan 2017 13:59
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/12783

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