Examining Curriculum Design, Adaptations, and Effective Practices in an Online Learning Environment for Preservice Teachers

By:
Dr. Dorothy Valcarcel Craig,
Kathryn Elizabeth Boudreau-Henry,
Mahogany Brown,
Prof. Barbara Young
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As the demand for online learning increases, teacher preparation programs must offer a variety of courses utilizing E-learning formats. These formats must model effective teaching practices, curriculum design, and adaptations for the online learning environment. In addition, teacher preparation programs — following the Dewey philosophy as well as the psychological aspects of cognition outlined by Piaget — must integrate collaboration and interaction along with project-based learning. Following a qualitative design, this study examined effective practices and curriculum design in order to provide insight into effective practices within the online learning environment. Data was collected from graduate and undergraduate students enrolled in a variety of teacher preparation courses in order to examine: a) adaptations in curriculum design for the online environment, b) interactions and collaborations, c) depth of application of concepts and skills, and d) preferences and differences with regard to learning styles. Preliminary findings indicate that there are certain patterns in curriculum adaptations that assist students in meeting success within the online environment. In addition, distinct differences and preferences emerged with regard to depth of application, problem solving, critical thinking, and writing.


Keywords: Curriculum Design, Online Learning, Instruction, Digital Lessons
Stream: Technology in Education
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
Paper: Examining Curriculum Design, Adaptations, and Effective Practices in an Online Learning Environment for Preservice Teachers


Dr. Dorothy Valcarcel Craig

Associate Professor, Department of Educational Leadership PO Box X-147 Middle Tennessee State University Murfreesboro Tn 37132, Middle Tennessee State University
USA

Dr Dorothy Valcarcel Craig is an Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership at MTSU. She designs and teaches online courses for both the traditional teacher preparation program as well as for the Regents Online Degree Program. Dr Craig is the project director of the ESL Enterprise Project, a federally-funded grant through the Office of English Language Acquisition / U.S. Department of Education. The project provides online instruction for practicing teachers to complete the add-on endorsement in English as a Second Language.


Kathryn Elizabeth Boudreau-Henry

Associate Professor, Department of Educational Leadership PO Box 91 Middle Tennessee State University, Middle Tennessee State University
USA

Kathryn Patten is an Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership at Middle Tennessee State University. She is a course developer and instructor for online learning. Ms. Patten directs the Library Science Program within the department and provides online delivery of courses for teachers in rural areas.


Mahogany Brown

Graduate Assistant, Department of Educational Leadership The ESL Enterprise Project PO Box 91 Middle Tennessee State University, Middle Tennessee State University
USA

Mahogany Brown is the Graduate Assistant for the ESL Enterprise Project, a federally-funded grant. She works exclusively with the project in delivering online instruction. In addition to her duties as GA, Ms. Brown teaches as an adjunct professor at Tennessee State University.


Prof. Barbara Young

Professor, Department of Educational Leadership, Middle Tennessee State University
USA


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