The nature of a successful online professional doctorate

Gordon Joyes*, Tony Fisher, Roger Firth, Do Coyle

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This chapter provides a case study of a wholly online professional doctorate in Teacher Education that has been running successfully since 2003 within the School of Education at the University of Nottingham, UK. It begins with both the background and context in which the development took place-this covers the team involved and identifies the drivers that led to this innovative course. The main body of the chapter focuses on the course itself, which was constructed collaboratively through written reflections of the team. This illuminates the reasons for its success as measured by healthy recruitment, high student evaluation scores, and high retention and completion rates. The pedagogic rationale for the design of one module involving collaborative knowledge creation is presented with some student reactions to this. Six student voices are then presented, which provide an insight into the value of the course. This leads to a consideration of the current context and the new challenges facing the course.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCases on Professional Distance Education Degree Programs and Practices
Subtitle of host publicationSuccesses, Challenges, and Issues
Publisher IGI Global
Number of pages35
ISBN (Electronic)9781466644878
ISBN (Print)9781466644861
Publication statusPublished - 31 Aug 2013

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