Creating a Virtual Community with PT3: College of Education Students’ Beliefs, Expectations and Attitudes toward Online Learning
Pre-service teachers have been engaged in the process of learning with and about technology. The main purpose of this study is to describe and analyze College of Education students’ beliefs, expectations, and attitudes toward online learning. This is a qualitative ongoing case study. Through purposive sampling techniques, twenty one students from six different online graduate courses in the College of Education were selected as participants. Videotaped interviews have been conducted to explore and evaluate students’ reflections toward online learning in its natural environment. This study is exploratory in order to allow insights to emerge from a recursive data analysis process. The variables in the site of the research are highly complex and extensive. The research data is very context dependent and needs to be collected in its natural environment without controls and manipulations.