Education has undergone a transformation during the twenty-first century, the most notable being the development of technology and its impact on higher education courses. Students who otherwise would not have access to learning are now completing courses remotely, and many courses are available completely online. This change has presented new opportunities in the tertiary market place resulting in increase in teacher education courses. However, this has created challenges for institutions to find pre-service teaching placements in schools in an increasingly competitive market place (Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership, 2015). A solution is to provide students with placement experience using a virtual classroom (Glava & Glava, 2011; Reiners, Gregory, & Know, 2016; Wollard, 2011). This option would not replace but complement the existing approach. This position paper will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of the application of specifically tailored digital technology and how this may impact mentor teachers, school principals and students. A virtual classroom provides scope for opportunities in order to create higher quality teachers which may build a better future world (Wong, 2016).
|Title of host publication||ACE 2016 Conference Proceedings|
|Subtitle of host publication||Changes and challenges: the power of education to build the world to which we aspire|
|Place of Publication||Victoria|
|Publisher||Australian College of Educators|
|Number of pages||4|
|Publication status||Published - 2 Oct 2016|
|Event||Australian College of Educators National Conference (ACE 2016): Challenges and changes: The power of education to build the world to which we aspire - Sydney, Australia|
Duration: 26 Sep 2016 → 27 Sep 2016
Conference number: 2016
|Conference||Australian College of Educators National Conference (ACE 2016)|
|Period||26/09/16 → 27/09/16|
Lierse, S. (2016). Training pre-service teachers through a ‘virtual’ classroom: The changes and challenges to build a better future. In K. Ikin (Ed.), ACE 2016 Conference Proceedings: Changes and challenges: the power of education to build the world to which we aspire (pp. 98-101). Australian College of Educators.