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Design principles for applied learning: bringing theory and practice together in an online VET teacher-education degree

Downing, JJ ORCID: 0000-0003-3600-0400 2017 , 'Design principles for applied learning: bringing theory and practice together in an online VET teacher-education degree' , International Journal of Training Research, vol. 15, no. 1 , pp. 85-102 , doi: 10.1080/14480220.2017.1313756.

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Abstract

This paper reports on a doctoral study that investigated an alternative pedagogical approach in an online VET teacher-education course offered at a mid-sized university in Australia. Students in the course were mature-aged and adding study to their role as in-service VETteachers. Building on previous research, a set of design principles was created to guide the development of the course and ensure it responded to the students’ characteristics and provided an 'applied learning’ environment where theory and practice could be authentically integrated in their work contexts. The study evaluated the effectiveness of the design principles by investigating the experiences of the students and teaching staff over an 18-month period. In an era of increasingly diverse student cohorts and fully online courses, theapplied learning design principles offer a contemporary framework to guide the development and delivery of courses

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Downing, JJ
Keywords: online pedagogy, higher education, design principles, applied learning
Journal or Publication Title: International Journal of Training Research
Publisher: Routledge
ISSN: 1448-0220
DOI / ID Number: 10.1080/14480220.2017.1313756
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Copyright 2017 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group

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