Share Paper: Differences in Help Seeking Strategies Used By Online vs. Face-to-Face Instructed Pre-service Teachers

  1. Sharon Peterson, Western Michigan University, United States
  2. Bob Leneway, Western Michigan University, United States
Tuesday, March 6 10:15-10:45 AM Capitol C

Abstract: This study identified the help seeking strategies used by students within a university course designed to teach pre-service teachers educational technology, and whether those strategies were influenced by the format of the course (i.e., face-to-face computer lab vs. online). Data was extracted from surveys of over 1,500 students who had taken the educational technology methods course during one of nineteen semesters at a Midwestern university. The results found that most students will solve a technology problem on their own, using various help seeking strategies, and in doing so feel more technology competent and confident. Consequently, educators in teacher preparation programs ...