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Conference Paper


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Paper presented at the Higher Education in Transformation Conference, Dublin, 31st. May - 1st. April, 2015.


Internet-based learning is becoming more commonplace in post-secondary settings in canada and internationally, though, often, instructors struggle to develop effective programming for their students. In this article, we present three cases in which instructors critically reflect on their experiences designing and implementing online learning environments for various courses in the graduate programs in education at the university of ontario institute of technology (uoit) in oshawa, canada. The first case focuses on an instructor’s efforts to develop courses involving problem-based learning (pbl) on the basis of a faculty-developed conceptual framework. In the second case, an instructor describes how her experiences as a graduate student influenced her efforts to create community-centred online courses at uoit. In the third case, an instructor and his students reflect on the implementation of a major course assignment involving student-facilitated small group discussions. These cases provide insights regarding theory-informed graduate course development; consideration of meaningful past experiences in graduate course development; and strengths and weaknesses of hybrid online learning systems.