Designing for Interaction in an Online CPD Programme

Grant type: Development (2000-08)
Round: March 2002
Amount awarded £5,000.00
Completed: October 2002
Leader(s): Dr Andrew Sackville
Organisation: Edge Hill College of Higher Education
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Contact phone: 01695 575808
David Brigden
University of Liverpool
Linda Rush
Chester College of Higher Education
Start Date: 1 March 2002
End Date: 31 August 2006
Interim report received: 20 January 2009
Final report received: 18 November 2008

This proposal builds upon work undertaken by three institutions - Chester College, Edge Hill College and the Mersey Deanery for Postgraduate Medical and Dental Education - in designing and supporting an online CPD programme in teaching and learning facilitation in Clinical Practice for a multi-professional group of Health Service practitioners. It seeks to collate the experience of designing opportunities for interaction into an online programme, with the lessons drawn from an evaluation of the programme, and the subsequent modifications to the design which were made to strengthen the interaction which occurred.

The proposal seeks to develop and share "good practice" guidelines which focus on ways in which interaction can be promoted and enhanced in online CPD programmes. The techniques used will be explored to assess their transferability to other programmes of CPD and undergraduate education in Education Studies; and they will be related to the growing literature on interaction in online programmes, and the development of online learning communities.