Designing contemporary e-supported professional development environments to enhance tertiary teaching and learning
Holt, Dale and Farley, Alan 2006, Designing contemporary e-supported professional development environments to enhance tertiary teaching and learning, in Ed-Media 2006 world conference on educational multimedia, hypermedia & telecommunications: proceedings of Ed-Media 2006, Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education, Norfolk, Va, pp. 159-165.
World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications
Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education
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National and organsational imperatives in Australian higher education are demanding systematic and cost-effective approaches to the professional development of staff in their teaching in order to enhance the quality of student learning. Many universities are geographically distributed, multi- campus, multi-city and multi-modal in nature, and highly dependent for their effective operation on information and communications technologies (ICT). Deakin University is one such university operating in Australian higher education. Consistent with the progressive principles and practices of the learning organisation, new approaches and environments are required to support the professional development of staff for enhanced teaching and learning in higher education. These environments now require substantial use of e-learning for both learning about teaching online and the development of teaching capacities in the world of the modern-day, technologically-supported physical classroom. This article outlines the imperatives to establish and operate cost-effective e-supported environments for professional development for excellence in teaching and learning. The key principles underlying these emergent environments are outlined, along with the major tools, resources and features of such environments. A contemporary online teaching case site is highlighted as indicative of new approaches to supporting professional development of staff for excellence in online teaching and learning.
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