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Professional development communities as a model for staff development online

Maor, D.ORCID: 0000-0002-0743-4755 and McLoughlin, C. (2005) Professional development communities as a model for staff development online. In: World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education (ELEARN) 2005, 24-28 October 2005, Vancouver, Canada pp. 914-919.

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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.

Item Type: Conference Paper
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Education
Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE)
Copyright: 2005 AACE
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