The Internet is, as yet, relatively little explored or understood as a space for formal, continuing professional development (CPD) activity. This paper provides an overview of the pedagogic and technical models which were developed for an Internet-based course for library and information staff in 1997-8, and highlights some key themes arising from participant feedback. The course was offered by NetLinkS, a training and awareness project funded by the UK Higher Education Funding Councils' Electronic Libraries programme. The design of the course was underpinned by constructivist educational principles and an integrated approach to learner support was taken in the design and sequencing of activities, the use of information resources, approaches to tutoring, and technological design, facilities and help. The paper highlights some challenges experienced by participants in engaging in this approach to CPD and suggests some implications for the support of independent, collaborative networked learning.
Education for Information – IOS Press
Published: Jan 1, 1999
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