This paper outlines a staff development approach involving Web 2.0 applications on which others can build. It’s from the “Research in Learning Technology” – The Journal of The Association for Learning Technology(ALT). This journal is published under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported (CC BY 3.0) Licence. The journal publishes papers concerning the use of technology in learning and teaching in all sectors of education, as well as in industry.
“Constructionism” learning theory and researching can be tracked back to as early as 1987. From constructivist theories of psychology learning is viewed as a reconstruction rather than as a transmission of knowledge. Then we extend the idea of manipulative materials to the idea that learning is most effective when part of an activity the learner experiences as constructing a meaningful product. There are some educators already use constructionism way to engage their students, with free or low cost web2.0 tools, constructionism theory can be implemented with connectivism theory. We think educators might find this research report useful for their pedagogy design.
This paper reports on the use of action research in a case study involving two iterations of an online workshop implemented at two universities in late 2007 and early 2009 to prepare teaching staff for using wikis for student group work and assessment.
Workshop participants were immersed in the experience of collaborating in a wiki as learners and then reflected on this experience as teachers. Experience of the pilot workshop suggested a need for more orientation, potentially by introducing a blended learning design. The second iteration highlighted a need to develop the orientation session further and increase support strategies throughout the workshop, suggesting the value of offering it at faculty or department level if no ‘‘reward’’ is available for participation.
Outcomes from the two cycles illustrate the value of action research for iterative improvement of this staff development model and for implementing the scholarship of teaching and learning to develop and share professional knowledge in this emerging area. This paper outlines a staff development approach involving Web 2.0 applications on which others can build.
Keywords: action research; scholarship of teaching and learning; staff development; social software; Web 2.0
(Published: 21 March 2012)
Citation: Research in Learning Technology 2012, 20: 16149 – DOI: 10.3402/rlt.v20i0.16149