Online Pedagogical Effectiveness in Adult Contexts

Online Pedagogical Effectiveness in Adult Contexts

Robert Dixon (Curtin University of Technology, Australia) and Kathyrn Dixon (Curtin University of Technology, Australia)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-970-0.ch015
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Abstract

A longitudinal study of students in the Training and Development program at Curtin University of Technology has been undertaken in an attempt to develop a framework which describes the dimensions of pedagogical effectiveness in online teaching and learning. The research began in 2004 and data has been collected from the sample group of students in the program from 2004 through to 2007. As a result of analysis and review of the findings, the Online Pedagogical Effectiveness Framework (OPEF) emerged incrementally. The new framework challenges the traditional importance placed on the centrality of teaching skills and the need for student interaction in online teaching and learning, which according to this study, diminished over time. This has ramifications for the interchangeability of the roles of teacher, learner, instructional designer peers and colleagues.

Key Terms in this Chapter

Pedagogical Characteristics: The importance of interactivity in the learning process, the changing role of the teacher from sage to guide, the need for knowledge management skills and for team working abilities, and the move towards resource-based rather than packaged learning.

Adult Learners: Adult learners are people who bring a great deal of experience to the learning environment. They expect to have a high degree of influence on what they are to be educated for, and how they are to be educated. They are active learners and participants who need to be able to see the application of new learning. Adult learners expect to have a high degree of influence on how their learning is evaluated and they expect responses to be acted upon when requesting feedback.

Effective Pedagogical Dimensions: ‘Pedagogy’ covers the function, work, or art of a teacher or trainer. It includes the process of teaching and instruction. It is useful to think of pedagogy as being reflected in the arrangements made to enable someone to learn something for a specific purpose. These arrangements are influenced by- the general orientation of the teacher or trainer, the kind of knowledge to be developed, the nature of the learner, the purpose the learning is to serve.” (Brennan, 2003) Effective pedagogical dimensions are those assessable characteristics or dimensions of pedagogy which illustrate effective learning outcomes

Online Learning: The use of the Internet to access learning materials, to interact with the content, instructor, and other learners, and to obtain support during the learning process, in order to acquire knowledge, to construct personal meaning, and to grow from the learning experience. (Ally, 2004)

Learn ing Management System: A learning management system (LMS) is a software application or Web-based technology used to plan, implement, and assess a specific learning process. Typically, a learning management system provides an instructor with a way to create and deliver content, monitor student participation, and assess student performance. A learning management system may also provide students with the ability to use interactive features such as threaded discussions, video conferencing, and discussion forums. (Schlack, 2007)

Training and Development Program: The program is delivered ay tertiary level and comprises undergraduate and graduate components. Students are able to enrol into either, the Bachelor of Arts, Graduate Certificate and/or Graduate Diploma in Training and Development. The BA consists of twenty four units of study, eight of which are awarded in recognition of prior learning. The Graduate Certificate and the Graduate Diploma consist of four and eight units of study respectively. The program is delivered in a fully online mode and the course content emphasises the development of professional knowledge and skills through the practical application of theory to teaching and instruction. The program attracts educators from the broader community who are engaged in working with adult learners and these students come from technical education, industry and business as well as the government sector.

Unit of Study: A unit of study at Curtin University of Technology is usually considered as a twelve week program over the duration of a semester. Students are expected to contribute at least four hours a week to reading and research per unit in order to successfully complete the requirements of each unit.

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Foreword
Thomas Hansson
Preface
Thomas Hansson
Acknowledgment
Thomas Hansson
Chapter 1
Abdul Azad
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Carl Bagley
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Exploring Multimedia Performance in Educational Research
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Mads Bo-Kristensen, Bente Meyer
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Transformations of the Language Laboratory
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Leena Hiltunen, Tommi Kärkkäinen
A topic-case driven methodology for a web course design and realization process is based on software engineering metaphors for capturing the... Sample PDF
A Topic-Case Driven Methodology for Web Course Design
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Hamish Holewa
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New Paradigms: A Collaborative Web Based Research Tool
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Jonas Ivarsson, Göran Karlsson
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Animations in Science Education
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Andrew Kitchenham
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One to One Computing and Teacher Transformation
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Gennadiy Kuleshov
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Web Enhanced vs. Traditional Approach for a Science Course
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José Luis Lalueza, Isabel Crespo, Marc Bria
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Microcultures, Local Communities, and Virtual Networks
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Monica E. Nilsson
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Digital Storytelling as a Tool in Education
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Nancy Sardone, Roberta Devlin-Scherer
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Multi-User Virtual Learning Environments in Education
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Anne Bartlett-Bragg
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Pedagogical Practice for Learning with Social Software
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Josianne Basque, Kim Dao, Julien Contamines
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Albino Claudio Bosio, Guendaline Graffigna, Edoardo Lozza
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Toward Theory and Technique for Online Focus Groups
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Robert Dixon, Kathyrn Dixon
A longitudinal study of students in the Training and Development program at Curtin University of Technology has been undertaken in an attempt to... Sample PDF
Online Pedagogical Effectiveness in Adult Contexts
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Leah Herner-Patnode, Hea-Jin Lee, Eun-ok Baek
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Reflective E-Learning Pedagogy
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Louise Limberg, Mikael Alexandersson, Annika Lantz-Andersson
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To be Lost and to be a Loser Through the Web
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Heather Lotherington
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Digital Epistemologies and Classroom Multiliteracies
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John Paul Loucky
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Improving Online Readability and Information Literacy
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Anoush Margaryan, Betty Collis
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Technology-Enhanced Learning in the Corporate Context
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Robert J. McClelland
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Virtual Learning Environment Blends
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Kathryn Moyle, Robert Fitzgerald
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Education Research with Electronic Focus Groups
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Staffan Selander, Anna Åkerfeldt
School pedagogy is being questioned. Increasing migration as well as increasing access to information and new patterns of communication are... Sample PDF
Learning and Meaning Making in the Virtual Space
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Thomas Hansson
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Communication and Relation Building in Social Systems
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Agnes Kukulska-Hulme
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Human Factors and Innovation with Mobile Devices
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Irit Kupferberg
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Self-Construction in Computer Mediated Discourse
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Jeanette Lemmergaard, Damien Brigth, Christopher Gersbo-Møller, Tim Hansson
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Design and Implementation of Trust Enabling Functions
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Steve McRobb, Pat Jefferies, Bernd Carsten Stahl
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Lost in the Funhouse, is Anyone in Control?
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Konrad Morgan, Madeleine Morgan
Since the inception of the Internet in the late 1960´s, technological advances in the field of Information Communications Technology (ICT) have... Sample PDF
Ethical Issues in Digital Information Technology
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Olli Mäkinen
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Philosophy of Web-Based Mediation
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Lars-Erik Nilsson, Anders Eklöf, Torgny Ottoson
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Unstructured Information as a Socio-Technical Dilemma
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Anders D. Olofsson, Ola J. Lindberg
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An Ethical Perspective on ICT in the Context of the Other
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John Traxler
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Mobile Learning in a Social, Ethical, and Legal Environment
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