Share Paper: Authentic Education: Lessons from an Online Finnish Teacher Development Program for 21st Century Faculty.

  1. Mark Curcher, Tampere University of Applied Sciences (TAMK), Finland
  2. Hanna Teräs, University of Wollongong, Australia
Tuesday, October 22 1:30-1:50 PM Las Vegas Ballroom 1

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 ...