Design and Development of a fronter room for the "History Virtual Academy Project".
The History Virtual Academy Project aimed to provide a valuable
learning experience for participating pupils and a valuable
continuing professional development opportunity for participating
teachers / lecturers and academics. It also aimed to provide a
research basis that may allow a number of important teaching and
learning issues to be explored.
This project provided an opportunity for second year sixth form students in a number of sixth forms and colleges in different parts of the country to debate problems of historical interpretation with each other and also with academic historians and thus to access a challenging learning experience and to have the opportunity to enhance their understanding of historical interpretation. The project also gave sixth formers an insight into the nature of university study.
The project provided an opportunity for teachers and lecturers and academic historians and history educationalists to work collaboratively together and to learn from each other's expertise.
Through the project, participating teachers / lecturers and academics jointly designed online discussion exercises using fronter designed to develop sixth formers understanding of problems of historical interpretation.
Sixth form students engaged with these online discussions and discussed problems of historical interpretation with students from sixth forms and colleges in other parts of the country and also with academic historians.
The online discussions took place on a password protected institutional VLE (fronter) and participants were given individual log-ins to the site, or, where they used group log-ins. Participant user names were pseudonyms and student identities were protected.
All participants in the discussions followed a set of online debating protocols.
The discussion board was moderated by the project leader to ensure that online debate protocols are adhered to.
The project was a success and the fronter room design, functionality and use was praised.
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