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A Critical Analysis of an Online Assignment in a Hybrid Course in a Bachelor of Education Program

Carole Richardson, Gerald Laronde.

This paper discusses the design, implementation and critical evaluation of a Computer Mediated Communication (CMC) assignment in an online WebCT environment, as part of a course offering in a Bachelor of Education program at Nipissing University in North Bay, Ontario, Canada. A qualitative analysis of student discussions and reflections examines the strengths and weaknesses of online assignments in a hybrid or supplementary teaching environment. The effect of varying degrees of professor moderation within the online discussion is also analyzed both qualitatively and quantitatively.


Carole Richardson

Gerald Laronde  (Canada)
Faculty of Education
Nipissing University

Gerald Laronde teaches Science Education in the Faculty of Education at Nipissing University, North Bay, Ontario, Canada. He has worked as the Principal of the Aboriginal Education Programs at Nipissing University. Gerald is of Native (Ojibway) ancestry and has taught at the elementary, secondary and college levels. He has a BSc(Agriculture), BEd, and MEd and is currently pursuing doctoral studies at OISE, University of Toronto.

  • Computer mediated communication
  • WebCT
  • Online
  • Bachelor of education
  • Preservice teachers
  • Hybrid
  • Supplementary
  • Moderation
  • Reflections

(30 min Conference Paper, English)