A Qualitative Analysis of the Benefits and Limitations of Using Two-way Conferencing Technology to Supervise Preservice Teachers in Remote Locations
Teacher Education and Special Education
The purpose of this inquiry was to describe the benefits and limitations of using two-way audio/video conferencing technology in a preservice teacher training program located in a remote area. Two-way conferencing technology was introduced on a trial basis to assist in the supervision of practicum students and student teachers in remote university distance education sites. A qualitative analysis was conducted using the university supervisor's field notes and the opinions of students and cooperating teachers as data sources. Some of the perceived benefits include: increased contact with on-campus personnel; opportunities for face-to-face interactions; and the chance to provide immediate feedback to field-based students. Limitations noted by the informants include: problems with the microphones; concerns about conferencing via modem and overcoming the initial fear of being on camera. The informants also offered suggestions for improving the technology and recommended other ways the technology could be used in a rural location.
Falconer, K., B., & Lignugaris/Kraft, B. (2002). A qualitative analysis of the benefits and limitations of using two-way conferencing technology to supervise preservice teachers in remote locations. Teacher Education and Special Education, 25 (4), 368-384.