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Professional development communities as a model for staff development online PROCEEDINGS

, Murdoch University, Australia ; , Australian Catholic University, Australia

World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education, in E-Learn 2005--World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education ISBN 978-1-880094-57-0 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA

Abstract

In traditional approaches to professional development, much effort has been devoted to enhancement of the use of technology. However, the challenge now is to encourage the use of pedagogically-sound technologies. In this paper we discuss models of online professional development that include a 'whole of institutional approach' to staff development of online teaching skills and professional development that engages staff in reflective practice and immerses them in experiential learning online. We conclude that transformative and reflective models of online professional development are more likely to be sustainable and effective in supporting professional learning communities when introducing technological innovations in teaching.

Citation

Maor, D. & McLoughlin, C. (2005). Professional development communities as a model for staff development online. In G. Richards (Ed.), Proceedings of World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education 2005 (pp. 914-919). Chesapeake, VA: AACE.

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