Evaluating the Levels of Engagement of Learners in a Postgraduate Coach Education Course
Currently there are very few opportunities for coaches to engage in professional development in Australia. There is a demand for coaching professionals to share and collaborate with coaches from other sports to enhance their effectiveness. The new graduate Coach Education course was designed to meet these demands. This study will explore the appropriateness of the design of online learning for these professionals in relation to their time demands and flexibility afforded by this medium against the interpersonal interaction of face-to-face teaching. This study will also evaluate the unit of study based on student experiences in an online distance delivered postgraduate unit of study. This is in response to addressing the needs of coaching professionals as they attempt to manage professional, personal and educational commitments. This study will also provide guidance to other academics considering implementing online delivery for practitioners.
Keywords: elearning, distance education, online learning, coach education, course design
Dr Donna O'Connor
Associate Dean (Learning and Teaching), Faculty of Education and Social Work, University of Sydney
Mr Gerard Marcus
Educational developer/instructional designer, Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Sydney