Constructivist e-learning for staff engaged in continuous professional development

Donnelly, R. and O'Farrell, C. (2006) Constructivist e-learning for staff engaged in continuous professional development. In: Technology Supported Learning and Teaching: A Staff Perspective. IGI Global, pp. 146-159. ISBN 9781591409625 (ISBN)


Professional development for academic staff in e-learning is currently a priority for higher education institutions in the Republic of Ireland, as lecturers experience increasing demands to incorporate e-learning into their teaching practice. This chapter reports on the design and implementation of a blended module in e-learning for the continuous professional development of such lecturers. In it the co-authors (who designed and developed the module) discuss the effectiveness of exposing lecturers as online students in order to experience first-hand the advantages and disadvantages of e-learning. It argues that a constructivist, collaborative interaction can provide the scaffolding for lecturers' future journeys into e-learning and into constructivist practices within their own teaching. Although this approach is still in its infancy, important outcomes were achieved in terms of influencing lecturers' thinking and approaches to both their own and to their students' learning. © 2006, Idea Group Inc.

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