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Online informal professional development for distance tutors: experiences from The Open University in Scotland

Cornelius, Sarah and Macdonald, Janet (2008). Online informal professional development for distance tutors: experiences from The Open University in Scotland. Open Learning, 23(1) pp. 43–55.

DOI (Digital Object Identifier) Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02680510701815319
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Abstract

Academic staff who work away from the university campus have few informal opportunities to keep in touch with their peers, and the provision of appropriate professional development for them can be problematic. At the Open University in Scotland an online forum provides a platform for the development of an informal community of distance tutors. It encourages exchange and reflection on the subject of using online media to support students, and has been running continuously for over three years. This paper presents the findings from research undertaken to establish who uses the forum, how and for what purposes, and draws out issues relevant to others supporting and developing staff at a distance.

Item Type: Journal Article
ISSN: 0268-0513
Keywords: communities of practice; distance tutoring; informal professional development; online staff development; virtual community
Academic Unit/Department: Education and Language Studies
Item ID: 11781
Depositing User: Users 772 not found.
Date Deposited: 08 Oct 2008 11:51
Last Modified: 03 Oct 2012 14:25
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/11781
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