Istituto per le Tecnologie Didattiche     
Delfino M., Persico D. Online or Face-to-face? Experimenting with different techniques in teacher training. In: Journal of Computer Assisted Learning, vol. 23 (5) pp. 351 - 365. Blackwell Publishers, 2007.
This paper illustrates a 5-year case study (from 2001 to 2005) regarding a course in educational technology that involved from 100 to 150 student teachers per year for a total of more than 500 trainees. Since the first version of the course, which was entirely based on a face-to-face approach, computer mediated collaborative learning techniques have gradually been introduced into the training program. The paper outlines the main problems faced in the various versions of the course, where different combinations were experimented with, and discusses the solutions adopted. The difficulties concern the demands of a large, diversified population and the methodological problems related to the non-neutrality of the introduction of online learning in the socio-cultural and organizational context of the study. The solutions include a highly flexible course design and a good balance and strict integration between traditional and online training techniques in the delivery of the course and in the assessment of trainees. Finally, we suggest possible directions for further research aimed at facilitating the infusion of online techniques in initial teacher training.
DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2729.2007.00220.x
Subject Online education
Face-to-face education
Teacher training

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