RESOURCES FOR ONLINE TEACHER TRAINING COURSES

Lalith Ranjan Gonsalkorala

Abstract


With the integration of ICT to teaching and learning almost all disciplines which were conducted in the traditional mode throughout the years, are now being taught online in as well. The premier open and distance education university in Sri Lanka, the Open University of Sri Lanka (OUSL) which conducts teacher training courses and programmes at many levels in addition to many other programmes and courses in numerous disciplines is planning to conduct some teacher training courses online as well. Around 3000 graduate teachers of the country’s school system has enrolled in the post graduate diploma in Education (PGDE) programme in the 2017/2018 academic year and the programme is conducted in all the districts of the country through the university’s study centres. To follow online training courses conveniently teachers need resources. This study was conducted to find whether those resources are available with the teachers, whether there are differences in the availability of resources as per their locations and gender and to make suggestions to improve the resource availability.  To select the sample of teachers, initially two districts and the 2 study centres in those districts were selected. After that, the teacher samples were selected randomly from those registered for the PGDE programme in the current academic year for the 2 centres. The main instrument for data collection was a questionnaire while a semi structured interviews were conducted with a few teachers from both centres. The findings were that the availability of some resources was good while some are not. The majority had the Internet facility; there were no remarkable differences between the teachers as per location of the centres. However, male teachers had more resources than the female teachers. Suggestions were made to improve the resource availability and facilitate online learning of teachers.

 

Article visualizations:

Hit counter

DOI

Keywords


graduate teachers, online teacher training, resources, Internet facility, location, gender

References


Allen E. Seaman J. 2010 Class Difference: Online Education in the United States. Http://Sloanconsortium.Org/Publications/Survey/Class_Differences. accessed on 01.07.2017

Department Of Census And Statistics Sri Lanka 2009 Household Computer Literacy Survey Of Sri Lanka, http://www.Statistics.Gov.Lk/CLS/Buletincomputerliteracy_2009.Pdf accessed on 01.07.2017

Marimuthu R. Chone L. S. Heng L. T. Nah E. N. Fen O.S. 2013 Comparing The Online Learning Strategies Of Male And Female Diploma Students Of An English Language Course, Procedia - Social And Behavioral Sciences, Volume 90, 10 October 2013, Pages 626-633

Neuhauser C. 2002 Learning Style and Effectiveness of Online and Face-To- Face Instruction, The American Journal Of Distance Education, 16(2). http://www.Eric.Ed.Gov/Ericwebportal/Search/Detailmini.Jsp?_Nfpb=True&_&ERICE Xtsearch_Searchvalue_0=EJ656148&Ericextsearch_Searchtype_0=No&Accno=EJ65 6148, accessed on 20.06.2017)

Nielsen H.D. and Tatto M. T. 1993 Teacher upgrading in Sri Lanka and Indonesia, in: Perraton, H. (ed.), Distance education for Teacher Training, Routledge, New York.

Sudarshana M. L. 2014 Usage Of Internet And Computer Among The Sri Lankan University Students, OUAAS Annual Academic Sessions On 27th And 28th November 2014

Tatto M. T. and Dharmadasa K. H. 1995, Social and Political Contexts of Policy Formation in Teacher Education in Sri Lanka, in: Ginsburg M. and Lindsay B. (eds.), The Political Dimension in Teacher Education: Comparative perspectives on policy formation, socialization and society, The Falmer Press, London, Washington, DC.

Tatto M. T. 2002, The value and feasibility of evaluation research on teacher development: contrasting experiences in Sri Lanka and Mexico, International Journal of Educational Development, 22, pp. 637-657.

U.S. Department of Education. 2010 Evaluation of Evidence-Based Practices in Online Learning: A Meta-Analysis and Review of Online Learning Studies. Http://Www2.Ed.Gov/Rschstat/Eval/Tech/Evidence-Based-Practices/Finalreport.Pdf, accessed on 20.06.2017.


Refbacks

  • There are currently no refbacks.


 

 

 

 

Copyright © 2015. European Journal of Education Studies (ISSN 2501 - 1111) is a registered trademark of Open Access Publishing GroupAll rights reserved.

This journal is a serial publication uniquely identified by an International Standard Serial Number (ISSN) serial number certificate issued by Romanian National Library (Biblioteca Nationala a Romaniei). All the research works are uniquely identified by a CrossRef DOI digital object identifier supplied by indexing and repository platforms.

All the research works published on this journal are meeting the Open Access Publishing requirements and can be freely accessed, shared, modified, distributed and used in educational, commercial and non-commercial purposes under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC BY 4.0).