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In Sync: Online Learning in Teacher Education at an HBCU

In Sync: Online Learning in Teacher Education at an HBCU
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Author(s): Yolanda Lyght Dunston (North Carolina Central University, USA)
Copyright: 2016
Pages: 20
Source title: Setting a New Agenda for Student Engagement and Retention in Historically Black Colleges and Universities
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Charles B. W. Prince (Howard University, USA) and Rochelle L. Ford (Syracuse University, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-0308-8.ch009


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This chapter explores the concept of student involvement in distance education, and whether or not it is possible for HBCUs to provide an online learning environment that upholds their traditional ideals of a close and personalized educational experience, particularly in a teacher education program that requires field experiences. Based on responses from 269 student surveys, the key factor appears to be the extent to which instructors recognize that online students are individuals with genuine concerns that deserve similar attention as their classmates on campus. This includes being flexible, assisting students who are not as skilled at setting and/or maintaining a pace, establishing and maintaining lines of communication, providing transparency with course grading, being prepared and organized, making themselves available, providing multiple levels of support and interaction, and dealing effectively with technical problems. Faculty at HBCUs should remember that teaching online is still teaching, and be careful not to remove the human element from the process.

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