Using discussion forums to support continuing education of workplace learning supervisors: Enabling a community of practice

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Abstract

Workplace learning (WPL) supervisors play a significant and fundamental role in enhancing university students’ experiences during their placements. Supervision is a multi-faceted and complex interpersonal and professional activity, which requires continued education to ensure contemporary knowledge, practice and capacity. Increasingly universities are viewing the offering of continued education for industry supervisors as an aspect of their mandate. This research reports on the design, facilitation and evaluation of an online learning module,
supported by an asynchronous discussion forum aimed at building capacity of WPL supervisors, and developing cross-disciplinary WPL relationships.
Using a mixed method approach, data were gathered using crude statistical measures including frequency counts of discussion postings, layered with thematic analysis of supervisors’ postings to weekly learning activity stimuli. The results of the research illustrate the powerful opportunities for continued education offered by participation in a purposely designed and supported discussion forum. Participants felt empowered, supported by their online colleagues and enlightened by their enhanced awareness of others’ practices and perspectives.
Participants’ capacity to further disseminate their embellished understandings of WPL supervision bought to the fore the far-reaching possibilities of discussion forum use in building professional communities of practice and professional capacity.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication36th International Conference on Innovation, Practice and Research in the Use of Educational Technologies in Tertiary Education
Subtitle of host publicationPersonalised Learning. Diverse Goals. One Heart.
EditorsSharleen Chew Yi Wei, Chan Kah Mun, Alfieana Alphonso
Place of PublicationSingapore
PublisherSingapore University of Social Sciences
Pages102-111
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2019
Event36th International Conference on Innovation, Practice and Research in the Use of Educational Technologies in Tertiary Education: ASCILITE 2019 - Singapore University of Social Sciences, Singapore, Singapore
Duration: 02 Dec 201905 Dec 2019
http://2019conference.ascilite.org/
http://2019conference.ascilite.org/assets/proceedings/ASCILITE-2019-Proceedings-Final.pdf (proceedings)

Conference

Conference36th International Conference on Innovation, Practice and Research in the Use of Educational Technologies in Tertiary Education
Abbreviated titlePersonalised Learning. Diverse Goals. One Heart.
Country/TerritorySingapore
CitySingapore
Period02/12/1905/12/19
OtherThe ASCILITE 2019 Conference is ASCILITE’s 36th International Conference of Innovation, Practice and Research in the Use of Educational Technologies in Tertiary Education. This year’s conference was hosted by the Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS), and held at the University’s campus, between 2 to 5 December
2019.
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