Instructor experience with online distance learning in the apprenticeship trades

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Author: Sochowski, Robert W.; Kennedy, Mary F.


With increasing shortages of qualified trades' workers in Canada, it is timely to explore the affordances of online distance education for this post-secondary sector. The results indicated that the potential of online distance learning is not fully realized because of local accessibility issues and instructors' unfamiliarity with the technologies employed. The culture of apprenticeship trades focuses on hands-on learning of practical skills from a master, and the idea of technology providing equivalent experiences is not yet fully accepted. But the shift is underway, with a number of...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Teaching and learning; Apprenticeship; Technology; Skills and knowledge

Keywords: Online learning; Distance learning; Educational technology; Postsecondary education

Geographic subjects: Canada; North America

Published: Chesapeake, Virginia: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education, 2013

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Pages: pp. 2292-2300

Date: 2013

Place: Victoria, British Columbia

ISBN: 9781939797032

Resource type: Conference

Call number: TD/TNC 114.771

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