Digital pedagogy

Implementing a course online may be well-founded for several different reasons. However, creating an online course does not just mean making the materials digital and inviting the students to an online learning environment. Designing the learning process and making it visible is also an essential part of planning online teaching. As learning materials and collaboration have turned online, this has also led digital pedagogy to emerge as their own phenomena. The term digital pedagogy has become quite common.

In the context of digital pedagogy, we often refer to the TPACK model (Mishra & Koehler 2006), which combines technological, pedagogical and field-specific knowledge. Its key idea is that implementing these sections together supports the quality of online teaching. In other words, teaching online or with the help of other technical tools is not just about technology, pedagogy or field-specific expertise – it is about all of these together.

The national eAMK project has made some significant progress in the higher education community regarding digital pedagogy. The project has an extensive site for the different aspects of digital pedagogy. The website features various criteria and self-evaluation tools for assessing the quality of guidance and online teaching, for example. With the help of the quality criteria, for example, the person planning the study unit will pay attention to factors such as the target groups; learning outcomes; learning process and pedagogical solutions; assignments and content of the study unit; planning of interactions; the available tools; the perspectives of guidance, feedback and assessment; usability and the development and support service needs. The criteria can be used to develop a previously designed course or to support the design process of a completely new course. 


eAMK. (n.d.). Digipedagogiikka. (in Finnish)
Mishra, P. & Koehler, M. (2006). Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge: A Framework for Teacher Knowledge. Teachers College Record,108(6), 1017–1054.

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