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The influence of online problem-based learning on teachers' professional practice and identity

Wheeler, Steve and Kelly, Peter and Gale, Ken (2005) The influence of online problem-based learning on teachers' professional practice and identity. Association for Learning Technology Journal, 13 (2). pp. 125-137. ISSN 0968-7769 (print)/1741-1629 (online)

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    Abstract

    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.

    Item Type: Article
    Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
    L Education > LC Special aspects of education > LC1022 - 1022.25 Computer-assisted Education
    Divisions: ALT-J Journal
    Depositing User: Justin Smith
    Date Deposited: 06 Aug 2009 18:47
    Last Modified: 04 Apr 2011 10:06
    URI: http://repository.alt.ac.uk/id/eprint/598

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