Collaborative E-learning for professional development Quality improvement of E-learning for CPD in curriculum development in Suriname
Tuesday, June 25 3:30-3:50 PM Location: Oud West
Presider: Lulekwa Baleni, University of Fort Hare, South Africa, South Africa
Abstract: Improving the quality of E-learning is essential to the acceptance of online learning for continued professional development (CPD). While E-learning is often perceived as one-directional and isolated it can open up unexpected possibilities for (inter)active learning. This potential provides a basis for collaborative learning in CPD. Time invested, content, active learning and enhanced competences reflect the effectiveness of CPD programs. Conferences, workshops... have been criticized by participants for being ineffective in bringing sustained changes in their professional practice. Well-designed E-learning, on the contrary, provides not only control over content, learning sequence, pace of learning, time spent, and the use of media but can include the social dimension of learning in ways F2F learning often fails to do. Technological developments contribute to this potential. At the same time, however, the lack of quality in the design of E-learning is a limiting factor for its development and acceptance. We discuss professional training of curriculum developers in higher education in Suriname and report on the experienced return on investment of increasing the quality of collaborative E-learning compared to the experience with more traditional training in which they participated earlier. Our research shows that participants, especially those with less theoretical background and less practical experience in their professional domain benefit from collaborative E-learning.