Geography Student Teachers’ Perceptions of Online Problem-based Learning Activities: A Case Study

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Aubrey Golightly
Christo van der Westhuizen

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As online learning is being embraced in higher education, geography modules that implement problem-based learning can integrate online platforms to support geography curriculum delivery and facilitate student collaboration. The aim of this case study was to explore full-time BEd geography student teachers’ (n = 98) perceptions of online problem-based learning activities in two third-year geography modules. The study used quantitative and qualitative research approaches based on questionnaire applications. The findings of the study indicate that the full-time BEd geography student teachers showed positive perceptions regarding the general aspects of online problem-based learning and the online problem-based learning process. Moreover, these student teachers were specifically impressed with the management of the university’s learning management system (Sakai named Efundi), Google Docs, as a collaborative online space on which to compile the problem-based learning report. The student teachers also held positive perceptions of the role-players in online problem-based learning, as well as the assessment rubric used to assess the online problem-based learning activities; hence, these have good correlations with online community of inquiry principles.

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Golightly, A., & van der Westhuizen, C. (2018). Geography Student Teachers’ Perceptions of Online Problem-based Learning Activities: A Case Study. Alternation Journal, (21), 131-158. Retrieved from https://journals.ukzn.ac.za/index.php/soa/article/view/1262
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Aubrey Golightly, North-West University




Christo van der Westhuizen, North-West University