ERIC Number: EJ809750
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jun
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 32
Introducing E-Developers to Support a University's Blended Learning Developments
Ooms, Ann; Burke, Linda; Linsey, Tim; Heaton-Shrestha, Celayne
ALT-J: Research in Learning Technology, v16 n2 p111-122 Jun 2008
Introducing technology in higher education raises questions about staff roles and the organisation of development practices. This article presents the findings from a case study that was undertaken to evaluate the effectiveness of introducing three centrally supported e-developers to work with academic teams to provide specialist support. The e-developer role is explained, and related to existing literature about learning technologists. The case illustrates how the e-developers worked collaboratively with academic staff and the perceptions of the academic staff, e-developers and educational technology leaders of the e-developer model used in a university in southwest London. The findings offer an opportunity to understand this kind of role, and the value of a model of staff development that does not involve taking academic staff out of the teaching area to become e-developers. The model supports "situative" professional development, which helps promote technology integration into teaching and suggests that e-developers provided cost-effective mentorship which participants believed would have a positive impact on student learning.
Descriptors: Higher Education, Technology Integration, Educational Technology, Online Courses, Learning Modalities, Conventional Instruction, Cooperation, Technical Support, Specialists, Case Studies, Program Effectiveness, Role
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Education Level: Higher Education
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