Improving Teacher Candidate Clinical Practice through an Internet-based Observation, Communication, and Recording System

By Loren Naffziger and Kenneth Fawson.

Published by The Global Studies Journal

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Most teacher licensure/certification programs require some practice teaching under the supervision of an experienced teacher prior to awarding a credential. Typically, practice teachers must be observed and evaluated several times during the practice period. This process can be both time consuming and costly with marginal results. This requirement becomes even more complex with distance education and international teacher certification programs. To reduce the high cost of face-to-face observations and skill assessment, National University in southern California, USA, has been using a secure online tool called IRIS Connect. This system links a remote live video stream and audio controls with observation and data collection tools for capturing information used to inform the teacher assessment and remediation of performance, all at a distance. IRIS Connect dashboard facilitates a remote 360-degree field of vision in the classroom, with pan, tilt and zoom capabilities, a variety of audio and editing capability. With the dashboard tools, an evaluator and practice teacher can view and discuss the skills observed and those needing remediation in a confidential environment. The system is also proving to be ideal for creating scenario-based professional development materials for experienced teachers and other school personnel.

Keywords: Teacher, Licensure, Certification, Remote Live Video Stream, Online, Teacher Assessment

The Global Studies Journal, Volume 5, Issue 4, pp.37-50. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 926.362KB).

Dr. Loren Naffziger

Instructional Technology Specialist, Department of Teacher Education, School of Education, National University, La Jolla, CA, USA

Dr. Loren Naffziger is an Instructional Technology Specialist at National University with professional duties that include teacher candidate supervision and teaching in the School of Education. His research and professional activities focus in the areas of educational technology uses in clinical practice, effective e-teaching, the integration of technology into teaching, and graduate school level course development. His current projects include using Internet-anchored remote observation of teacher candidates, the use of SMART technologies, and capturing lectures for embedding in online courses. The use of IRIS Connect technology for observing, communicating, and assessing teacher candidates has gained international attention. The deployment of SMART Boards across the state of California has positioned National University for the integration of educational technology across a wide variety of academic disciplines. His work in piloting a project in lecture capturing will enable the university to build a repository of best practices for use in face-to-face, blended, and online learning environments. Dr. Naffziger is a guest lecturer and conference presenter at local, national, and international venues. He currently resides in San Diego County in the state of California in the United States.

Dr. Kenneth Fawson

Associate Dean, School of Education, National University, La Jolla, California, USA

Dr. Fawson is currently the Interim Dean of the School of Education at National University, a position he has held since May of 2011. Dr. Fawson joined the University as an Adjunct Faculty member in January of 2006, an Associate Professor in February 2007, and was appointed Associate Dean in April of 2007. Dr. Fawson was awarded his doctoral degree in Organization and Leadership with a concentration in Education Law from University of San Francisco in 1982, a Master in Library Science from San Jose State University in 1978, a Master of Arts in Educational Technology from Arizona State University in 1970, and a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Industrial and Technical Education and French, from Brigham Young University in 1968. He holds certification as a secondary teacher, community college teacher, community college supervisor, and community college librarian. Throughout his career, Dr. Fawson has been active in a number of professional associations, making numerous presentations at international conferences both in the United States and Abroad. He has received recognition for his work in International Workforce and Economic Development, Global Education and Curriculum Design and Development.

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