The interdisciplinary use of blogs and online communities in teacher education

Helen Caldwell, Rebecca Heaton

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    Abstract

    Purpose
    Online learning is developing rapidly in higher education. As a result, in the Initial Teacher Education Division at The University of Northampton, UK, academics have experimented with methods to embed blogs and online communities into courses to enhance learning for staff and students. The paper aims to discuss this issue.

    Design/methodology/approach
    This paper critically analyses the approach used to examine media-rich multimodal content that was shared through these tools.

    Findings
    The paper models how blogs and communities have enhanced interdisciplinary subject teaching, staff development and student engagement. This is achieved by sharing case studies from the courses which model the strengths and limitations of practices adopted.

    Originality/value
    Focused discussion demonstrates how reflexivity, communities of practice and experimentation with technological teaching strategies fuel the learning that occurred.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)142-158
    Number of pages17
    JournalInternational Journal of Information and Learning Technology
    Volume33
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 6 Jun 2016

    Keywords

    • Communities
    • Curriculum development
    • Educational innovation
    • Multimedia
    • Teaching methods
    • Technology

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