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Authentic Education: Lessons from an Online Finnish Teacher Development Program for 21st Century Faculty.
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, Tampere University of Applied Sciences (TAMK), Finland ; , University of Wollongong, Australia

E-Learn: World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education, in Las Vegas, NV, USA ISBN 978-1-939797-05-6 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), San Diego, CA

Abstract

The Finnish education system has received a lot of media attention due the results of PISA examinations. Many countries have considered ways to implement the ‘Finnish model’ into their own context. This paper examines the experience gained from the first graduating cohort of a fully online Finnish teacher development program in a Middle Eastern country with diverse, multicultural faculty participants. It examines the challenges of implementation and reflects upon the successes and participant experience. The paper describes how the principles of authentic e-learning (Herrington, Reeves and Oliver, 2010) were used to design the program and whether it was possible to harness these to enable real change to take place in professional practice. The program made use of both formal tools and social media to engage and support staff as they implemented new ideas and methods into their classroom practice and reflected on their professional identities.

Citation

Curcher, M. & Teräs, H. (2013). Authentic Education: Lessons from an Online Finnish Teacher Development Program for 21st Century Faculty. In T. Bastiaens & G. Marks (Eds.), Proceedings of E-Learn 2013--World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education (pp. 60-65). Las Vegas, NV, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved May 24, 2019 from .

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