Scaling a Model of Teacher Professional Learning – Harnessing MOOCS to Recreate Deep Learning Conversations

  • Deirdre ButlerEmail author
  • Margaret Leahy
  • Michael Hallissy
  • Mark Brown
Conference paper
Part of the IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology book series (IFIPAICT, volume 515)


This paper describes the most recent phase of an innovative model of teacher professional learning that has evolved over a decade (2006 to 2016). Building on the experiences of implementing this face-to-face model, the paper reports on the most recent phase which attempts to harness the emergence of a 4th wave of online learning. The initiative involves the design and development of a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) that potentially enables the massive scaling up of access to this already validated model of teacher professional learning designed to shift teachers’ pedagogical orientations through school focussed, job embedded teacher professional learning. The importance of maintaining key elements, threshold concepts and signature pedagogies in the design of MOOCs for teacher professional learning are discussed. The paper also explores some of the challenges and potential opportunities different MOOC delivery models offer for sustaining the types of collaboration, rich dialogue and ongoing reflection observed in earlier phases of the project.


Teacher education 21st century skills Online learning MOOCs 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Deirdre Butler
    • 1
    Email author
  • Margaret Leahy
    • 1
  • Michael Hallissy
    • 2
  • Mark Brown
    • 3
  1. 1.Institute of EducationDublin City UniversityDublinIreland
  2. 2.H2 LearningDublinIreland
  3. 3.National Institute for Digital LearningDublin City UniversityDublinIreland

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