Towards collaboration as learning: evaluation of an open CPD opportunity for HE teachers

Chrissi Nerantzi, Peter Gossman

Abstract

Flexible, Distance and Online Learning (FDOL) is an open online course offered as an informal cross-institutional collaboration based on a postgraduate module in the context of teacher education in higher education. The second iteration, FDOL132, was offered in 2013 using a problem-based learning (PBL) design (FISh) to foster collaborative learning. How this was experienced by participants and how it affected learning within facilitated small groups are explored in this paper. Findings show that authentic learning in groups can be applied directly to practice, and greater flexibility and a focus on the process of collaborative learning has the potential to increase engagement and learning.

Keywords: academic development; problem-based learning; open educational practice; phenomenography

Citation: Research in Learning Technology 2015, 23: 26967 - http://dx.doi.org/10.3402/rlt.v23.26967

Keywords

academic development; problem-based learning; open educational practice; phenomenography

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