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Journal Article

A Case of Problem Based Learning for Cross‑Institutional Collaboration  pp277-285

Chrissi Nerantzi

© Aug 2012 Volume 10 Issue 3, Special ECEL issue, Editor: Sue Greener and Asher Rospigliosi, pp257 - 379

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The idea of moving away from battery‑type Academic Development Activities and silo modules and programmes towards open cross‑institutional approaches in line with OEP are explored within this paper based on a recent small‑scale, fully‑online study. This b rought together academics and other professionals who support learning, from different disciplines and professional areas who are studying towards a Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert) in Teaching and Learning in HE/Academic Practice during a facilitated open Problem‑Based Learning (PBL) task around assessment and feedback using freely available social media. The study aimed to explore if and how online PBL can be used within PgCert provisions to provide opportunities to connect, communicate and collabo rate in a community of practice beyond institutional walls. The phenomenographic methodology underpinned this research. Participants experiences in this open Academic Development activity were captured through individual remote interviews, a series of qu estionnaires and reflective accounts. Findings indicate that open online PBL has the potential to enable learners and educators to break out of academic and virtual silos. It also widens collaborative learning within Academic Development in multi‑discipl inary and multi‑institutional groups. Recommendations are made to Academic Developers and other tutors on how to bring learners from different programmes, institutions and countries together online using social media to create the conditions and the envir onment for a meaningful, rich and fruitful exchange and enable collaborative formal and informal learning.

 

Keywords: Open Educational Practice, Academic Development, social media, Problem-based learning, Phenomenography

 

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Journal Article

Evaluation of a MOOC Design Mapping Framework (MDMF): Experiences of Academics and Learning Technologists  pp38-51

John Kerr, Vicki H.M. Dale, Fanni Gyurko

© Mar 2019 Volume 17 Issue 1, Editor: Rikke Ørngreen and Karin Levinsen, pp1 - 63

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With the increasing strategic importance of Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs) in higher education, this paper offers an innovative approach to advancing discussions and practice around MOOC learning design, in the context of staff development. The study provides a deeper understanding of staff (academic and learning technologists') experience when designing MOOCs, through the evaluation of a novel MOOC design mapping framework (MDMF) at one higher education institution. The MDMF was developed to enhance the MOOC design process for staff involved, providing dedicated, tailored support in this area. This study considers and contributes to the literature on learning design, differences between face‑to‑face and online learning and the role played by academic staff and learning technologists in the design of MOOCs. The study is based on rich qualitative data drawn from 12 semi‑structured interviews with nine academics and three learning technologists who used the framework for constructing MOOCs. This study evaluates: (1) how the framework was used and supported; (2) benefits of the framework to support good practice in learning design and the design process; and (3) limitations of the framework. We also considered suggested enhancements to the framework. The study highlighted new areas that could influence the design process, such as the importance of the learning technologist as a facilitator of the MDMF, the benefits of the visual aspects of the framework, technological challenges, and users’ level of digital literacy.

 

Keywords: Learning Design, MOOCs, Online Learning, Curriculum Development, Academic Development, Learning Technologists

 

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