Road LessTravelled, a Road Nonetheless

Breda Mc Taggart, Aine Doherty, Cillian Murchu

Abstract


Globalisation of learning, digitalisation of learning are part of new learning environments. Such evolutions are significant as it alters the way education is delivered and supported (Fahey, 2014). For many educators, this move to digitisation of learning is a natural progression, a decision, a choice. While for others it is a requirement incorporated as part of changing pedagogy and plans within an organisation inducing some educators to feel that it is imposed upon them. Using a self-study methodology, supported by naturalistic diaries and analysed through the process of content data analysis, this research study explored this journey with four academics who have moved from a traditional classbased lecturing methodology to one where online learning, and in particular synchronous delivery, is a requirement for the programmes they deliver.
While findings acknowledge the potential that this learning platform provides to participants and their students, they also articulate the fears and anxieties that such a change brought with it for educators. This extended not only to their practices and their pedagogy but most surprisingly, to their professional identity in its totality. Forcing them to explore and ask questions about their roles as professional educators within a higher education space.


Keywords


online learning; effective pedagogy; professional identity.

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