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In defence of ‘shovelware’: A powerful tool in staff development for online teaching and learning
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, , , Edith Cowen University, Australia

EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Montreal, Canada ISBN 978-1-880094-40-2 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC

Abstract

A significant challenge for universities creating effective online learning environments is educating and empowering teaching staff. Those who are not confident using technology are frequently unconvinced about the benefits and are concerned that it will force unwanted changes on their current practices. This poster outlines a project which introduced a large number of variously experienced academic staff to online teaching, whilst maintaining or enhancing effective learning. The project included the simple conversion of print-based external units to an online mode, as one of several strategies of development. Whilst this process is often referred to derogatively as shovelware, some of the positive and immediate outcomes achieved will be described, and challenges will be made to extremely negative attitudes towards such conversions.

Citation

Sparrow, H., Herrington, J. & Herrington, T. (2000). In defence of ‘shovelware’: A powerful tool in staff development for online teaching and learning. In J. Bourdeau & R. Heller (Eds.), Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2000--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (p. 1831). Montreal, Canada: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved June 18, 2019 from .

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