Encyclopedia of Education and Information Technologies

2020 Edition
| Editors: Arthur Tatnall

MOOCs, Teacher Professional Learning and Deep Learning Conversations

  • Deirdre ButlerEmail author
  • Margaret Leahy
  • Michael Hallissy
  • Mark Brown
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-10576-1_166

This entry describes an innovative model of teacher professional learning that has evolved over a decade (2006 to 2016). In particular, it explores how this face-to-face model of professional learning can be successfully reconfigured in an online environment to help scale up the initiative. Designed as a school-focused, job-embedded teacher professional learning framework that meets teachers’ expressed needs, the model helps to shift teachers’ pedagogical orientations and challenge more traditional instructional environments by embedding digital technologies and other elements of twenty-first-century skills into the teaching and learning experience. Building on the experiences of implementing this framework, this entry reports the most recent phase which attempts to harness the emergence of a 4th wave of online learning. This initiative involves the design and development of a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) that potentially enables the massive scaling up of access to this already...

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Deirdre Butler
    • 1
    Email author
  • Margaret Leahy
    • 1
  • Michael Hallissy
    • 2
  • Mark Brown
    • 3
  1. 1.Institute of EducationDublin City UniversityDublinIreland
  2. 2.H2 LearningDublinIreland
  3. 3.National Institute for Digital LearningDublin City UniversityDublinIreland

Section editors and affiliations

  • Sam Goundar
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Information ManagementVictoria University of Wellington