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Marjatta Takala & Kim Wickman (2019) Collaborative Case-Based Virtual Learning in Higher Education: Consultation Case in Special Education, Journal of Digital Learning in Teacher Education, 35:4, 236-248, DOI: 10.1080/21532974.2019.1646171

Collaborative case-based virtual learning in higher education : consultation case in special education

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Author: Takala, Marjatta1; Wickman, Kim2
Organizations: 1University of Oulu
2Umeå University
Format: article
Version: accepted version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: Informa, 2019
Publish Date: 2021-02-09


Collaborative case-based virtual learning was used with special teacher education students from Finland (N = 94) and Sweden (N = 59). The case was about consultation and was tailor-made to fit their studies. The case was used as a bridge between theoretical and practical studies, and consisted of videos of an imaginary school, which proceeded in the form of a narrative. The goals for the students were practicing challenging situations and critical thinking in small groups—a kind of artificial experience building. After completing the case, the students responded to a questionnaire about it. They evaluated the case positively as a new, inspiring method. Only a few critical comments were received, such as that there was too little time for deep discussion. The method of virtual learning seems to be a good, inspiring way to study in higher education, as an alternative to lectures. Other topics these students would like to study in a similar way were issues related to interaction and new professional skills, such as co-teaching or discussions with parents. The different aspects of this kind of virtual collaborative learning are discussed.

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Series: Journal of digital learning in teacher education
ISSN: 2153-2974
ISSN-E: 2332-7383
ISSN-L: 2153-2974
Volume: 35
Issue: 4
Pages: 236 - 248
DOI: 10.1080/21532974.2019.1646171
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 516 Educational sciences
Funding: Nord Forsk financed the creation of the case. The Finnish Ministry of Education financed the development and use of the case in its pilot form.
Copyright information: © 2019 Taylor & Francis. This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Digital Learning in Teacher Education on 09 Aug 2019, available online: