Exploration of the process and value of remote supervision
Thursday, March 10 5:55 PM-6:15 PM
Abstract: This report will follow the project proposal with respect to project activities, observations and data gathered and conclusions/recommendations generated. The study involved three local and two international teacher candidates from the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program. Initial studies involved “flip” cameras and “Bug in the ear” (BIE) equipment. Internationally, the supervision from a remote site included the use of Ervix and Skype systems. The author was able to implement these activities in face-to-face meetings with the cooperating teachers and colleagues in international sites (Vienna and Amsterdam). Feedback from student teachers, cooperating teachers, university supervisors and an IT expert were evaluated. Our conclusion was that remote supervisory technology has benefit but is not a substitute for the “gold standard” of face-to-face communication. Skype application were much more useful and user friendly than the Ervix system.