An important aspect of any professional education is the opportunity for
students to engage in meaningful practical experiences. In pre-service teacher education,
this vital practicum component has undergone challenges in recent years due to
increasing student numbers (due to the increasing demand for new teachers) and limited
resources in university and school sectors. As a result, new innovations to enhance the
practical component of this professional degree have been sought.
This paper highlights preliminary findings of one aspect of a larger study that used asynchronous Web-based communication tools to faciliate mentoring and peer support through the practice teaching experience. Analysis of the statistical data, online discussions and interviews with participants provides an indication of the nature of the interactions, perceived value of the intervention, and informs the potential for the future development and application of the intervention.