An Emerging Model of Community Collaboration During the Construction of E-Learning Resources: Implications for Papua New Guinea
Lalen Simeon (Pacific Adventist University, Papua New Guinea), Gwyn Brickell (University of Wollongong, Australia) and Brian Ferry (University of Wollongong, Australia)
Copyright: © 2007
For many lecturers within the academic community, the increasing emphasis on the use of ICT for research and teaching can be threatening, but these fears can be eased if professional development is supportive and ongoing, and provided in flexible, appropriate and adaptable ways. This is particularly relevant in institutions in developing countries where the increasing availability of e-learning technologies poses a challenge to ICT experts and trainers in assisting and supporting lecturers in adapting to the use of these technologies in the teaching/learning environment. This chapter focuses on the results of two case studies and describes the roles that the two instructional designers (IDs) played in facilitating the professional development of lecturers that were constructing e-learning environments. The findings suggest that the lecturers needed ongoing support, advice and technical assistance for an extended period of time. This study has enabled the researchers to develop a team collaboration model for planning and designing e-learning resources that would be piloted in tertiary institutions in Papua New Guinea. The findings also contribute to the research literature about the design processes needed to improve the quality of learning resources.