The practicum - a starting point for the development of an on-line learning community of physical and health education professionals
While ad hoc, course-specific projects have allowed early adopters to explore possible innovations in the use of information and communication technologies in facilitating flexible learning situations, educational institutions are now exploring more integrated strategies to such developments. This paper describes the development of one such strategy that attempts to foster a community- wide approach for a group of professionals coming to terms with the most effective way to utilise technologies - physical and health educators. The Faculty of Education at the University of Wollongong is developing an on- line learning community to facilitate the pre- service education and continuing professional development of pre- service teachers, faculty and practicing teachers. Whilst it is envisaged that such a project will take a little time to establish, a number of priority areas have been identified. One such area is the development of a practicum site that will provide on-line support for pre-service teachers, in particular, 4th year Physical and Health Education students completing their internship. This paper outlines the development of a web-based resource that provides support for students through communication with university lecturers, teachers and critical friends.