Capstone/Dissertation Title

Incorporating Moodle at an urban charter school to support daily teaching practices

Term

2014

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Abstract

This capstone is an attempt to understand how a particular form of recent online based educational technology affects teachers' practices at an urban charter school. The research was conducted at a small-scale, inner city high school with six contributing teachers who participated in the training sessions based on the online learning management system, Moodle. Teachers' varied prejudices, professional experiences, technological competence and interest in improving their teaching with online technologies drew insights to be explored in depth. The main purpose of the study was to find out how Moodle would work for the participating teachers from different disciplines. The specific school setting also played a critical role in teaching practices with Moodle implementations. Teachers described their reflections, experiences, inspirations and disappointments through several channels. The endless journey to learn something new challenged the group of high school teachers in their already busy and demanding lives

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