In an effort to improve the accessibility of education online, a team of researchers have developed an online education model that they hope will increase teaching effectiveness and decrease absenteeism among primary school teachers.
In their paper published in PLOS ONE, the researchers argue that using a “digital learning model” for primary school classrooms, while allowing teachers to teach using their own computer, could increase teaching efficiency and decrease the number of absenteeism episodes in the classroom.
The paper describes a digital learning model as “a way to improve educational outcomes by introducing digital technologies to classroom environments that are more relevant to the teaching process”.
“Teachers use digital technologies at home or in the workplace, but often not at the same time,” lead author of the paper, Julia Stirling, said.
“We have found that the teacher’s workflow needs to be more consistent to achieve the same outcome for all teachers, and teachers may not be able to use digital technology in a consistent way.”
The researchers have used an online model called the “Digital Learning Model”, which allows teachers to work from home and have their own computers and devices in the class.
“It is a digital education model where the teacher is able to take their own digital device, and use it as a teacher, but not have it as their sole work device,” Ms Stirling said.
“The teacher can have multiple devices in their classroom, and the teacher can share this device with the students in the room.
The teacher has control of their own device and can work from their home computer, and there is no need to physically connect to a workstation or to set up a digital workflow.””
This is an innovative way of improving learning outcomes by enabling teachers to use their own personal computers and digital devices in class.”
Teachers can choose to work remotely or use an existing virtual workstation.
“This means that teachers can work remotely and in their own workroom, without having to travel anywhere, and with no additional equipment or infrastructure,” Ms Purdy said.
The study looked at a range of teacher performance metrics for a cohort of primary school students from seven schools in the US.
They looked at the students’ attendance, absenteeism, grade-point average, grade differences and performance in the teacher-student relationship, and used the data to identify which of the teacher metrics were associated with the lowest levels of absentee and grade-difference absenteeism.
“There was a positive correlation between the absenteeism metrics and the attendance metrics, with absenteeism rates being lowest for students with lower attendance,” Ms Droll said.
Teachers who were unable to communicate with their students were less likely to be absentee and they also reported fewer grade differences than those teachers who were able to communicate and were able for their students to communicate.
“Teacher absenteeism is a concern for the primary school teaching profession, and we believe that this paper will be of great benefit to the profession in helping to identify ways of reducing absenteeism,” Ms Hoch said.
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