Constructing a Working Life-Oriented Model for Online Course Modernization

Constructing a Working Life-Oriented Model for Online Course Modernization

Irja Leppisaari (Central Ostrobothnia University of Applied Sciences, Finland), Riina Kleimola (Central Ostrobothnia University of Applied Sciences, Finland), Markus Maunula (Central Ostrobothnia University of Applied Sciences, Finland) and Tuula Hohenthal (Central Ostrobothnia University of Applied Sciences, Finland)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-1936-4.ch014
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Abstract

Working life should be more actively integrated in higher education as a partner in education design. The e-Learning of the Future project (2009–2012, ERDF) meets work-oriented online education development challenges through working life mentoring that utilizes social media. In the project’s operational model, educational technology experts design and develop teaching in online courses collaboratively with higher education instructors and working life experts. This chapter examines how development of the model was initiated and what problems and challenges emerged. The study will help to establish directions on including working life in online education development through a virtual media laboratory. The model’s use in updating online courses to produce authentic content appears promising. The following critical factors, however, can be found when implementing the model: 1) structuring of the modernization process, 2) supervision of an online interaction process between modernizers/actors, and 3) finding a meaningful role in the process for the working life mentors.

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