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A focus on teaching in online pedagogy

conference contribution
posted on 2002-01-01, 00:00 authored by Richard Johnson, Colin Warren
As the Internet continues to grow in popularity and educational institutions feel the need to have a presence online, 'learning and teaching online' has become somewhat of an IT cliché. In many cases course material is made available online and it is left up to the learner to learn. The claims made for online courses promise considerable cost savings after the initial establishment period, and opportunities to provide education to a larger, globalised marketplace. For students, online learning is thought to allow more flexible study options, and the opportunity to work and study at the same time (Bell, et al 2002, p. 27).

In this paper we question the assumption that online teaching is merely making course material available on the World Wide Web. We report on our study of what is involved in the act of teaching online and on the research that led to the development of the 'mobile teaching facility' to enable a focus on teaching in the online environment. We reflect on how a group of academic staff are responding to online teaching. Details of professional development workshops, hardware and software solutions and working with the complexities of pedagogy will also be discussed. This paper is about our findings, recommendations and plans for future explorations.


Title of proceedings

AARE 2002 : Problematic futures : educational research in an era of uncertainty ; AARE 2002 conference papers


Australian Association for Research in Education. Conference (2002 : Brisbane, Queensland)


1 - 10


Australian Association for Research in Education


Brisbane, Queenland

Place of publication

Coldstream, Vic.

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E1 Full written paper - refereed


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