Developing Innovation in Online Learning: An Action Research Framework

Developing Innovation in Online Learning: An Action Research Framework

Developing Innovation in Online Learning: An Action Research Framework

Developing Innovation in Online Learning: An Action Research Framework

Synopsis

Action research has become a valued research and educational development technique -an innovative approach through which a group of participants engage in self-reflection to improve practice. Developing Innovation in Online Learning introduces action research as a method of developing e-learning modules and courses. The book covers both the theory and practice of applying action research principles to develop online learning. The material is grounded in the experiences of practitioners and features practical advice, case studies, models for implementation, a design framework and e-tutoring strategies. The four 'building blocks' of e-learning covered are: * The organisational context * The pedagogic model * The educational setting * The evaluation process This book will be an essential resource for education managers, course developers, and educational researchers.

Excerpt

The timing of the publication of this book Developing Innovation in Online Learning: An Action Research Framework by Maggie McPherson and Miguel Baptista Nunes is fortuitous. It is fortuitous because in July 2003 the Department for Education and Skills (DfES) of the UK Government published a consultation document Towards a Unified e-Learning Strategy, a strategy intended to span all educational provision - from primary schools to universities. The emphasis within the consultation document is upon meeting learner expectations and empowering them so they can exploit the potential of these new technologies. It notes the importance of student-centred learning, of the provision of self-paced individualised learning and interactive materials, of personalised online support and guidance with learners taking increasing responsibility for their own learning. It is characterised by a call to change and improve our educational practices by embedding new technologies and approaches into our schools, colleges and universities. I suspect it is similar to whatever government or institutional strategy you have in place.

In the UK the consultation period ended in January 2004 and no doubt there will be both revisions and additions to this strategy before it is implemented. However, what is not in doubt is that teachers and trainers, managers and administrators, researchers and employers will need to be involved in the process of reviewing and implementing the ideas in the proposed e-learning strategy. This book, Developing Innovation in Online Learning: An Action Research Framework, will be invaluable in this task since it reflects many, if not all, of the aspirations within the consultation document and those strategies I have seen elsewhere. It offers no simple recipes, templates or quick fixes. What it does offer is a sound discussion of the theoretical models and frameworks that will inform the debate, a description

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