Teaching and Learning Leadership Skills Online: Experiences of Developing Leadership Skills in a Blended Learning Educational Leadership Programme
Friday, June 29 12:00-12:20 PM Location: De Wallen
Presider: Carl Christopher W. Beckford, University of the West Indies, Jamaica
Abstract: A diverse, international group of education and training professionals have been participating in a blended learning Master’s degree programme in Educational Leadership, offered by Tampere University of Applied Sciences, Finland. The program has been designed using authentic e-learning pedagogy, and it consists of intensive weeks, online courses and a thesis. The Leadership Practices course focuses on developing the contemporary leadership skills that are required from educational leaders in demanding working environments in different contexts. This paper examines the experiences of the teacher and students, particularly with regard to the pedagogical and technological choices to support collaborative online learning. The paper will use the authentic voice of the students to reflect on their experiences and to evaluate the course. The teacher will compare the experiences and outcomes with her face-to-face classroom experiences and draw conclusions and recommendations for other educators interested in skills development in a distance-learning course.