Designing a Virtual Practicum to Prepare Teachers for Online Instruction Developing an Online Field Experience

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Stephanie Moore
James Hong


Online courses are growing rapidly in K-12, but teachers often receive no preparation for teaching in these environments. While field experiences in virtual schools may be useful, very few teacher education programs offer such an opportunity and there is very little research on the design and effectiveness of such an approach. In this design case we describe the design of a virtual practicum for in-service and pre-service teachers and its impact on their self-efficacy as indicated by confidence and competence in designing and delivering online instruction. Data indicates that this approach can be effective in increasing teacher self-efficacy and performance in online teaching. However, several design considerations are unique to establishing virtual practica. In this case, we summarize several lessons learned on structure, sequencing, and partnerships for others considering the addition of a course or practicum on online teaching to their teacher preparation curriculum.


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Moore, S., & Hong, J. (2022). Designing a Virtual Practicum to Prepare Teachers for Online Instruction: Developing an Online Field Experience. International Journal of Designs for Learning, 13(2), 70–86.
Author Biographies

Stephanie Moore, University of New Mexico

Stephanie Moore is an Assistant Professor in Organization, Information, and Learning Sciences at the University of New Mexico. She has taught online learning and led the design of this course. She also publishes on online learning and ethical issues related to learning technologies.

James Hong, Learning Undefeated

James Hong is an instructional designer for Learning Undefeated. He designs engaging STEM experiences for students from K-12 in under-resourced communities in an effort to address race and gender inequities. James has a Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Virginia and does research centered around developing student STEM interest and career pathway opportunities.