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Professional development for academic staff in higher education is receiving increasing attention. The focus has been on providing an opportunity for academic staff to enhance their effectiveness in meeting changing needs and roles in higher education. Inherent in this changing role has been meeting the challenges of technology-infused learning environments available for use today. This chapter explores the potential of online academic development programmes to increase collaboration and dialogue amongst participants through integrating opportunities for online interaction. By spotlighting two particular postgraduate programmes in Ireland and Australia, the chapter reports on present experiences of integrating international guests and considers the future of connecting people and technology for academic development in higher education.
Donnelly, R. & Manathunga, C. (2009) Opening Online Academic Development Programmes to International Perspectives and Dialogue, In R. Donnelly & F. McSweeney (eds.) Applied e-learning and e-teaching in higher education, Hershey PA, IGI Global.