Facilitating learning with web conferencing: recommendations based on learners’ experiences

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Abstract

This paper reports some of the findings from a study undertaken to obtain an insight into the experiences of learners engaging with web conferencing. A small group of work-based adult learners with substantial experience of learning in a virtual classroom provided accounts of and reflections on their experiences using a blog and group interview. Qualitative analysis of data led to findings which support some existing best practice guidelines for facilitators and also provide additional insight into issues that impact on learners’
experiences. This paper presents our emerging recommendations for acilitators and explores some of the issues raised by learners including the effective use of breakout rooms, the management of minimalist learners and the need to respect learners’ privacy. A facilitation approach which allows learners to develop autonomy and exert control in the virtual classroom and which acknowledges diversity of learning preferences is suggested. Whilst the recommendations made may not be appropriate in all learning contexts,
they are presented as a starting point to help other facilitators review and develop their own practice.
Original languageEnglish
Pages373-378
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2012
EventCSEDU - 4th International Conference on Computer Supported Education - Porto, Portugal
Duration: 16 Apr 201218 Apr 2012

Conference

ConferenceCSEDU - 4th International Conference on Computer Supported Education
CountryPortugal
CityPorto
Period16/04/1218/04/12

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    Cornelius, S. C., & Gordon, C. (2012). Facilitating learning with web conferencing: recommendations based on learners’ experiences. 373-378. Paper presented at CSEDU - 4th International Conference on Computer Supported Education, Porto, Portugal.