ERIC Number: EJ820154
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Jun
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 23
The Influence of Online Problem-Based Learning on Teachers' Professional Practice and Identity
Wheeler, Steve; Kelly, Peter; Gale, Ken
ALT-J: Research in Learning Technology, v13 n2 p125-137 Jun 2005
In this paper we describe the design of a managed learning environment called MTutor, which is used to teach an online Masters Module for teachers. In describing the design of MTutor pedagogic issues of problem-based learning, situated cognition and ill-structured problems are discussed. MTutor presents teachers with complex real-life teaching problems, which they are required to solve online through collaboration with other teachers. In order to explore the influence of this online learning experience on the identity and practice of teachers, we present the results from a small-scale study in which six students were interviewed about their online experiences. We conclude that, within the sample, students' engagement with online problem-based learning within their community of practice positively influenced their professional practice styles, but that there is little evidence to suggest that online identity influences real-life practice.
Descriptors: Problem Based Learning, Learning Experience, Teaching Methods, Masters Programs, Inservice Teacher Education, Learning Modules, Teacher Collaboration, Communities of Practice, Outcomes of Education, Foreign Countries, Case Studies, College Faculty, Elementary School Teachers, Adult Educators, Distance Education, Instructional Design, Technology Integration, Computer Assisted Instruction, Educational Technology, Electronic Learning, Information Technology, Web Based Instruction, Online Courses, Blended Learning, Integrated Learning Systems, Computer Mediated Communication
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