What Did the Teachers Learn in the Virtual Networking Project? - Experiences of Teacher Growth in the Content Production of the Finnish Virtual Polytechnic
Irja Leppisaari, Central Ostrobothnia University of Applied Sciences, Finland ; Leena Vainio, Häme Polytechnic, University of Applied Sciences, Finland ; Marja-Liisa Tenhunen, Central Ostrobothnia University of Applied Sciences, Finland
EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Vancouver, Canada ISBN 978-1-880094-62-4 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC
The Finnish Virtual Polytechnic consists of 29 universities of applied sciences. Between 2004-2006 the content producing teams produced a plenty of materials for virtual teaching while simultaneously acquiring competence for virtual networking. This paper presents findings on the learning experiences of the teachers involved in this expansive endeavour. The findings of the study are based on an online questionnaire submitted in October 2006. Generally, the project seemed to have strengthened the proficiency of the teachers involved, as well as to have created a co-operative network that has enabled the sharing of expertise. The teachers were also given new tools to be used in their work. Optimally, they were able to develop their skills to meet the demanding needs of the evolving information society. Problems that occurred were the lack of personal initiative, intrapreneurship and extraneous resources. Learning processes within the context of the similar projects can be enhanced by developing elements which support professional development, for example by using peer mentoring.
Leppisaari, I., Vainio, L. & Tenhunen, M.L. (2007). What Did the Teachers Learn in the Virtual Networking Project? - Experiences of Teacher Growth in the Content Production of the Finnish Virtual Polytechnic. In C. Montgomerie & J. Seale (Eds.), Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2007--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (pp. 2359-2368). Vancouver, Canada: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
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