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ERIC Number: EJ850441
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 48
ISSN: ISSN-0968-4883
Professional Development: Assuring Quality in E-Learning Policy and Practice
Mansvelt, Juliana; Suddaby, Gordon; O'Hara, Duncan; Gilbert, Amanda
Quality Assurance in Education: An International Perspective, v17 n3 p233-249 2009
Purpose: The paper reports on findings of research into the institutional and individual influences on engaging in professional development (PD), reflecting on how PD might be made available in ways which could support quality in e-learning. Design/methodology/approach: The paper presents findings of a research project exploring factors influencing engagement in e-learning PD within New Zealand tertiary education institutions. The research comprised an online survey of 408 individuals in three polytechnics and two universities and 40 qualitative interviews ascertaining beliefs, experiences and practices of staff regarding e-learning PD. Findings: The survey and interviews suggest there are numerous factors which both help and hinder quality of engagement in e-learning PD. Most PD engaged in by staff is informal. Engagement in formal PD is influenced by organisational structure, co-ordination, poorly developed and/or implemented e-learning policy, differences in managerial support, and individual beliefs and time allocation. Research limitations/implications: The research is conducted in a small number of tertiary institutions and may not be applicable to private or work-based training organisations. Practical implications: Understanding impacts and influences on individual uptake and experiences of PD provides insights into the sorts of institutional practices and policies likely to improve quality in e-learning and in e-learning PD. Originality/value: By focusing on staff experiences, this paper provides important insights into practical considerations informing the development of e-learning quality enhancement and assurance strategies. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New Zealand