ERIC Number: EJ764505
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Feb
What Now? Evaluating eLearning CPD Practice in Irish Third-Level Education
Donnelly, Roisin; O'Rourke, K. C.
Journal of Further and Higher Education, v31 n1 p31-40 Feb 2007
The Internet has made it impossible for higher education institutions to ignore technology in fulfilling their strategic mission and responding to the expectations of a diverse student body. In the Republic of Ireland, as elsewhere, the use of online technologies has become an increasingly important challenge in academic staff development, and on the surface, eLearning has been moderately successful in the teaching and learning environment. However, given the rapid rate of change in technology and the increasing diversity in academic staff and students, to describe accurately the nature of eLearning for academic staff development is near impossible. There has been a constant balancing and rebalancing of the pedagogical and technical elements in teaching and learning online, and while much of the talk has been about pedagogy, many of the problems have been technical in nature. Furthermore, the issue of transferability of innovative approaches and developing the capacity to respond to innovation and rapid change remains a key area. This article asks whether the technologies are being used in the best possible way. Calls for innovation within teaching and learning suggest eLearning, and as a result it is important to consider what influences staff engagement and participation in eLearning. In this way, a better understanding may emerge of the conceptions and practical approaches to their practice used by academic staff and eLearning developers.
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Foreign Countries, Staff Development, Distance Education, Internet, Computer Uses in Education, Online Courses, Faculty Development, Educational Environment, Student Diversity, Diversity (Faculty), Educational Innovation, Teacher Participation, Computer Literacy, Virtual Classrooms
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Reports - Evaluative
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Identifiers - Location: Ireland