Close menu


Sunderland Repository records the research produced by the University of Sunderland including practice-based research and theses.

Ghosts in the Machine? Exploratory Practice on a distance learning development project.

Hepworth, Michael and Johnson, Neil (2022) Ghosts in the Machine? Exploratory Practice on a distance learning development project. In: Professional Development Through Teacher Research: Stories from Language Teacher Educators. Multilingual Matters, Bristol, UK, pp. 31-50. ISBN 9781788927710

Item Type: Book Section


In response to feedback from students on an MA TESOL Independent Distance Learning (IDL) program, this chapter is chiefly concerned with understanding the efficacy of adding more digital and interactive content to core program modules. Analysis of online posts and retrospective reflections on the course, using an exploratory practice framework (Allwright, 1992), offers insight into how trainee language teachers constructed different professional identities for themselves through online interaction with their peers and instructors. The data also highlights some issues and concerns related to successfully transforming an IDL course in this way, however, and an unexpected finding from analysis of the student interaction data was the fact that several students had in fact barely participated at all. What this might mean in the context of the increasingly online nature of higher education is discussed.

Ghosts in the Machine Exploratory Practice on a distance learning development project.pdf

Download (299kB) | Preview

More Information

Uncontrolled Keywords: Professional Development Teacher Research Stories Language Teacher Educators
Depositing User: Michael Hepworth


Item ID: 14760
ISBN: 9781788927710

Users with ORCIDS

ORCID for Michael Hepworth: ORCID iD

Catalogue record

Date Deposited: 20 May 2022 14:21
Last Modified: 20 May 2022 14:21


Author: Michael Hepworth ORCID iD
Author: Neil Johnson

University Divisions

Faculty of Education and Society


Education > Educational Research
Education > Higher Education

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item