Do we still need to train them for distance teaching? Distance teachers attitudes

Ásrún Matthíasdóttir*

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Abstract

This article describes a survey of attitudes of distance teachers' towards distance learning that was conducted at Reykjavík University. The 21 distance teachers that participated claimed they had good preparation in using computers in distance teaching, although half of them wanted more training in distance teaching methods. They thought distance education was a realistic alternative in Icelandic education and were satisfied with their online courses although 24% claimed they were insecure about their ability to teach online. They said they could master the main options of the learning management systems (LMS) and wanted to be active in their teaching, but they were not using all the online options available for them. The main conclusion is that we need to train the distance teachers in using ICT in teaching and online pedagogic; they have the technological skills needed.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication11th International Conference on Computer Systems and Technologies, CompSysTech'10 - Proceedings
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Pages448-454
Number of pages7
ISBN (Print)9781450302432
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Event11th International Conference on Computer Systems and Technologies, CompSysTech'10 - Sofia, Bulgaria
Duration: 17 Jun 201018 Jun 2010

Publication series

NameACM International Conference Proceeding Series
Volume471

Conference

Conference11th International Conference on Computer Systems and Technologies, CompSysTech'10
Country/TerritoryBulgaria
CitySofia
Period17/06/1018/06/10

Other keywords

  • Distance education
  • Distance teaching
  • E-learning
  • Higher education.
  • Information and communication technologies (ICT)
  • Teachers' attitudes

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