ICT in teacher education : what an e-learning environment has to offer

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Abstract

This study looks at an e-learning environment used for distance education courses in an English language teaching program at Iceland University of Education. The main elements of the learning environment are based on communication, autonomous learning and cooperative learning. Information and Communication Technology plays a key role in each of the elements through the use of course websites, Internet links and asynchronous Web-based tools. Participants in the program were asked to evaluate the content, organization, and the pedagogical effectiveness of the learning environment. The findings focused on how Information and Communication Technology provided distance learners with increased opportunities for effective communication and feedback between learners and the teacher. The technology also assisted learners in working together in their studies despite the physical distances between them. Information and Communication Technology also increased learner autonomy by providing learners with broad access to information and resources. These results are in line with those found in other surveys conducted in 2001 and 2002 that looked at the views of teachers and learners regarding Information and Communication Technology use and its influence on learning at the upper secondary and university levels in Iceland. The author is an Assistant Professor at Iceland University of Education.
Original languageEnglish
JournalNetla : veftímarit um uppeldi og menntun.
Publication statusPublished - 2004

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