3. Programme Participants

Both faculty and students who are interested in improving their online academic practice knowledge, skills, and abilities will be welcomed. Participation will be on a voluntary, not for credit basis, and potential participants will be self-selected through publicity and awareness campaigns and possibly by referrals/recommendations when faculty and teaching staff perceive a need. Faculty and teaching staff will be encouraged to recommend the department/programme/institute to their colleagues as well as students. Participants are anticipated to be of mixed levels of experience and proficiency in both academic and online communicative and collaborative practices.

From the outset and on an on-going basis, the department/programme/institute will need a full-time core team of experienced, proficient online academic practitioners who will act as leaders and mentors, as well as learning and teaching theory and practice specialists to help with developing online curricula, investigating new developments in online platforms and tools, and to develop ways of exploiting online communicative and collaborative tools and platforms for effective and productive academic practice.

Unlike specialist online learning and teaching service departments that are becoming more commonplace in universities and colleges, this department/programme/institute will aim to treat all participants equally as practitioners with varying degrees of experience and proficiency. I believe it is as likely that faculty and teaching staff will learn significantly and substantially from students as vice versa. Thus, the department/programme/institute will aim to cultivate more dialectical, egalitarian learning relationships between all participants.

Online Cognitive Apprenticeship Model

  1. Programme Aims and Objectives
  2. Organisational Structure and Context
  3. Programme Participants
  4. The Cognitive Apprenticeship Model
  5. Example Activities/Tasks
  6. Programme Delivery and Integration
  7. Evaluation and Assessment
  8. Participant Support: Necessary and Sufficient Conditions for Psychological Change
  9. The Programme as an Agent of Change
  10. References