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Barriers to innovation in online pedagogy

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Abstract:

In this article, the authors report on a study that was carried out at the University College of Borås. Teachers using an online learning platform (WebCT) were surveyed to see to what extent they made use of the various features available to them on the learning platform. The extent to which teachers employed all the features was low. The article provides comparative details about the use of the various features (chat, discussion forums, assessment etc) and analyses reasons for their underutilisation. This case study is used to make more general points about pedagogy of online learning and discusses the need for greater cooperation between all the stakeholders involved in putting courses online. It can be counter productive for a university to simply impose a learning management system upon its teaching staff and decree that they put their courses online. If a university is concerned with quality and innovation in the education it offers its students, then a great deal of groundwork needs to be done if teachers and students are going to get the most out of a move to blended or online learning. This article offers a number of recommendations for ensuring that teachers embrace rather than resist a move to innovative and quality assured online education.

Keywords: engineering education; online learning; pedagogical use of learning management systems

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/03043790903038841

Affiliations: 1: CKK, ITU, Chalmers, Goteborg, Sweden 2: Engineering Department, University College of Borås, Borås, Sweden

Publication date: 2009-06-01

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