Pre-Service Perspectives on E-Teaching: Assessing E-Teaching Using the EPEC Hierarchy of Conditions for E-Learning/Teaching Competence

  • Ashley Sisco Research Associate, Centre for the Prevention of Violence Against Women and Children, Western University Owner & Principal Consultant, White Buffalo Consulting Inc.
  • Stuart Woodcock Senior Lecturer Faculty of Human Sciences Macquarie University Sydney, NSW 2109 Australia
  • Michelle Eady Senior Lecturer Faculty of Education, University of Wollongong Wollongong, NSW 2522 Australia
Keywords: e-teaching, online instruction, e-learning, online learning, teacher education, synchronous technology,

Abstract

This article examines pre-service teacher perspectives of teaching with an online synchronous (live-time) platform as a part of their training. Fifty-three students who participated in a blended learning (including both face-to-face and online lectures) course were assessed in a teaching simulation through an online presentation, and participated in questionnaires and interviews about their experiences as e-learners using the platform. The EPEC hierarchy of conditions (Ease of use, Psychologically safe environment, e-learning/e-teaching Efficacy, and e-learning Competence) for e-learning competency, developed based on an analysis of pre-service teachers’ experience as e-learners in this same study, was used as a framework to assess teacher perspectives as e-teachers using this technology. Qualitative interview data were collected about students’ experiences using the platform, and analyzed via thematic content analysis. The findings showed that students generally favoured the online e-teaching synchronous platform over in-person presentations, and the quality of online presentations was considered at least as good as in person.

Author Biographies

Ashley Sisco, Research Associate, Centre for the Prevention of Violence Against Women and Children, Western University Owner & Principal Consultant, White Buffalo Consulting Inc.
Ashley Sisco is a Research Associate with Western University, a PhD Candidate with the University of Wollongong (thesis under examination), and Owner and Principal Consultant of White Buffalo Consulting Inc.
Stuart Woodcock, Senior Lecturer Faculty of Human Sciences Macquarie University Sydney, NSW 2109 Australia
Stuart Woodcock is currently a Senior Lecturer for Macquarie University's Faculty of Human Sciences.
Michelle Eady, Senior Lecturer Faculty of Education, University of Wollongong Wollongong, NSW 2522 Australia
Michelle Eady is currently a Senior Lecturer for the University of Wollongong's Faculty of Education.
Published
2015-10-31
Section
Articles