Co-design and use of open online materials for mathematics and science didactics courses in teacher education

Authors Theo van den Bogaart , Paul Drijvers , Jos Tolboom
Published in Aldon G., Trgalová J. (eds) Technology in Mathematics Teaching. Mathematics Education in the Digital Era, vol 13
Publication date 2019
Research groups Mathematical and analytical competences of professionals
Type Book

Summary

The design and use of online materials for blended learning have been in the spotlight of educational development over the last decade. With respect to didactical courses, however, the potential of online and blended learning seems to be underexplored; little is known about its affordances for teacher education, and for domain specific didactical courses in particular. To investigate this potential, as well as the ways to organize the co-design of such learning units, we carried out a small and short-term research project in which teacher educators in the Netherlands engaged in a co-design process of developing and field-testing open online learning units for mathematics and science didactics. We focused on the features of the designed online learning units, on the organization of the co-design process, and on the experiences with the learning units in teacher education practice. A first conclusion was that it was most fruitful to design building blocks rather than ready-to-use courses, and that students should have play a role in the materials. With respect to the co-design process, intensive meetings of small design teams seemed an efficient approach. The experiences in the field tests revealed that the learning units were inspiring, but needed finalization, and educators needed time to prepare the incorporation in their existing educational practices. In the future, the resulting learning units will be maintained and extended, and are expected to contribute to a community of practice of mathematics and science educators.

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  • Theo van den Bogaart | Researcher | Research groups Digital Smart Services and Mathematics Education
    Theo van den Bogaart
    • Researcher
    • Research groups: Mathematical and analytical competences of professionals, Digital Ethics

Language English
Published in Aldon G., Trgalová J. (eds) Technology in Mathematics Teaching. Mathematics Education in the Digital Era, vol 13
ISBN/ISSN URN:ISBN:978-3-030-19741-4
Key words blended learning, co-design teams, online materials, mathematics didactics, teacher education
Digital Object Identifier https://doi-org.hu.idm.oclc.org/10.1007/978-3-030-19741-4_9
Page range 205-222