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Learning design for in situ continuous professional development

Building on recent advances in learning design and focusing on higher education, this thematic series addresses the specific challenges that designers of learning arrangements face when designing in situ professional development (such as workplace learning). As always, such designs should cover the activities that learners engage in, the social setting (fellow learners, facilitators) and the context in which learners carry out their activities. If the workplace is the context and the learners are professionals, designers face unprecedented challenges. For example, how can educators be convinced to become genuine designers who cast aside their default constraints of school, curriculum, lecture and embrace the opportunities of online or blended learning? How can learning activities be designed that are at the very least compatible with but better still make sense in a workplace setting? How can team learning be facilitated? How can the transition from merely learning in a team to learning in a large, personal networked learning environment be made? And also, how should this kind of learning be implemented in a workplace environment that has been spoon-fed on training sessions with mere knowledge transfer, often in settings away from the workplace? 

Edited by: Muriel Garreta Domingo, Peter B. Sloep, Davinia Hernández-Leo and Yishay Mor

  1. Research article

    Learning design as a vehicle for developing TPACK in blended teacher training on technology enhanced learning

    This paper presents a framework for constructivist pre-service teacher training in Technology Enhanced Learning, adopting a view of teachers as designers of innovative content, working individually and/or coll...

    Kyparisia Papanikolaou, Katerina Makri and Petros Roussos

    International Journal of Educational Technology in Higher Education 2017 14:34

    Published on: 18 September 2017

  2. Research article

    “From Making to Learning”: introducing Dev Camps as an educational paradigm for Re-inventing Problem-based Learning

    Dev Camps are events that enable participants to tackle challenges using software tools and different kinds of hardware devices in collaborative project-style activities. The participants conceptualize and dev...

    Irene-Angelica Chounta, Sven Manske and H. Ulrich Hoppe

    International Journal of Educational Technology in Higher Education 2017 14:21

    Published on: 1 September 2017

  3. Research article

    Teacher professional development in the contexts of teaching English pronunciation

    In this study we focus on the effects of an intervention aiming to improve the English pronunciation skills of secondary school students in the Netherlands. In order to implement a new pedagogy successfully it...

    Frans Hermans, Peter Sloep and Karel Kreijns

    International Journal of Educational Technology in Higher Education 2017 14:23

    Published on: 17 August 2017

  4. Research article

    Developing eLearning champions: a design thinking approach

    Against the backdrop of a complex Higher Education (HE) landscape, particularly in a developing country context where the relevance of current HE structures is questioned through student protests, and decoloni...

    Daniela Gachago, Jolanda Morkel, Liza Hitge, Izak van Zyl and Eunice Ivala

    International Journal of Educational Technology in Higher Education 2017 14:30

    Published on: 19 July 2017