Creating a National Digital Learning Environment for Enhancing University Teachers’ Pedagogical Expertise – The Case UNIPS

Mari Murtonen*, Samuli Laato, Emilia Lipponen, Heidi Salmento, Henna Vilppu, Merja Maikkola, Paula Vaskuri, Martti Mäkinen, Johanna Naukkarinen, Terhi Virkki-Hatakka, Eila Pajarre, Sara Selänne, Terhi Skaniakos

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Abstract

This article analyses the design, implementation, and evaluation of a nation-wide project to create a common digital solution for university teaching staff’s pedagogical training in Finland. During three years, eight universities collaborated in developing an online learning platform called UNIPS, the University Pedagogical Support system. The areas to develop were A) a learning platform based on technical design principles, B) pedagogical principles, and C) broadening the scope of offered studies. The results have been promising. With a carefully planned timetable, all participating universities were able to produce, test, and offer UNIPS modules in collaboration with other universities on the area of their expertise. This paper presents the design process and looks at both developers' experiences on how they perceived the process and the UNIPS platform as its result, and students’ experiences about studying in the UNIPS platform.
Original languageEnglish
Peer-reviewed scientific journalInternational Journal of Learning, Teaching and Educational Research
Volume18
Issue number13
Pages (from-to)7-29
Number of pages23
ISSN1694-2493
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 31.12.2019
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article - refereed

Keywords

  • 516 Educational sciences
  • university teaching
  • higher education
  • pedagogical training
  • pedagogical support
  • digital solution

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