Going Global: A Fully Online Finnish Teacher Development Program Designed on Authentic E-Learning Principles
Wednesday, October 23 5:30 PM-7:00 PM Location: Pacific Ballroom
Abstract: The Finnish education system has received considerable media attention due to its results in the OECD Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) examinations. Many countries are considering ways to learn from the Finnish experience. This showcase examines Tampere University of Applied Sciences attempt to meet the demand for Finnish education by developing and implementing a fully online teacher development program, available globally. The first cohort of the program graduated in early 2013 in the United Arab Emirates. This showcase describes how the principles of authentic e-learning (Herrington, et al 2010) were used to design the program and how these were harnessed to enable change in the professional practice of participants. The showcase will end by looking at future plans for the program and how it can be enhanced and developed.