Participatory action research for professional development: changing our approach to distance learning

Tynan, Belinda and Stewart, Cherry and Adlington, Rachael and Littledyke, Mike and Swinsburg, Steve (2008) Participatory action research for professional development: changing our approach to distance learning. In: ASCILITE 2008: 25th Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education: Hello! Where Are You in the Landscape of Educational Technology?, 30 Nov-3 Dec 2008, Melbourne, Australia.

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This paper details a mini-case of (a) the implementation of a professional development program which underpins the design, development and implementation of renewing curriculum for improved distance education learning experiences; and (b) using an alternative open-source learning management system, Sakai. The methodology of Participatory Action Research (PAR) has proved important for gaining deep engagement and conceptual change of teaching and learning practices. The min-case reflects the voices of various members of the project throughout the first PAR cycle. The focus of this minicase is on ‘who leads’ in relation to professional development of/with academic staff. There is some focus on how the project came about, how professional development has been pursued and how one academic has experienced the process so far. The lessons drawn from the project at this first stage will be of interest to a wide audience especially in relation to the methodology. The lessons do not intend to be generalisable beyond this context but for many they will “ring true” and add to the substantive emerging field of professional development when using technologies for enhancing student learning.

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Additional Information: Published version desposited with blanket permission of publisher. Copyright 2008 Belinda Tynan, Cherry Stewart, Rachael Adlington, Mike Littledyke and Steve Swinsburg The authors assign to ascilite and educational non-profit institutions a non-exclusive licence to use this document for personal use and in courses of instruction provided that the article is used in full and this copyright statement is reproduced. The authors also grant a non-exclusive licence to ascilite to publish this document on the ascilite web site and in other formats for Proceedings ascilite Melbourne 2008. Any other use is prohibited without the express permission of the authors.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Distance and e-Learning Centre
Date Deposited: 24 May 2012 02:36
Last Modified: 03 Jul 2013 01:09
Uncontrolled Keywords: professional development; Sakai; participatory action research
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130313 Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130306 Educational Technology and Computing
13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930203 Teaching and Instruction Technologies
C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939999 Education and Training not elsewhere classified
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