LTM in Action... Internationally
CTET's Ining Chao, currently on contract to ISC, has published a paper examining the design behind a workshop she created and taught to 70 faculty members of the Tianjin Open University in China. The workshop was centered around four components of RRU's Learning and Teaching Model; learning outcomes, authentic and experiential learning, learning community and team-based learning. The paper has been published in Chinese and will soon be available in English. Below is the abstract.
Online Teaching Design: In Pursuit of Quality and Innovation
With the rapid growth of online education, the effective use of technology in teaching and the quality of online courses has become increasingly important. This paper highlights the teaching and learning model at Canada’s Royal Roads University, focusing on four online learning principles: learning outcomes, authentic and experiential learning, learning community and team-based learning. These four principles were integrated into a faculty development workshop at the Tianjin Open University in China. The workshop led 70 faculty members through an exercise of reflecting on their personal teaching philosophy and online teaching methodology. Centered on the “design thinking process”, the faculty identified a design challenge related to their practice; then brainstormed potential solutions and developed design blueprints. The faculty’s high participation, the sharing of knowledge and the application of creative thinking in action proved to be a success as the Western and Eastern teaching methods converged. Several recommendations are made to expand the faculty development initiative, including conducting an online course design workshop in a blended format and with a small group of discipline specific faculty. Future China-Canada collaboration on this basis will yield mutual benefits in cross cultural online education.