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This study provides a reflective overview of the professional development process using self-directed learning (SDL) under the Australian Government funded Endeavour Executive Fellowship program on teaching and learning technologies (TLT) for distance education/online learning (DE/OL) at Charles Sturt University (CSU). The Fellowship focuses on learning and building skills and knowledge through a host work environment in the applicant’s field or area of expertise rather than through formal enrolment in a study programme. Professional development is a means of enhancing knowledge, skills, expertise and attitudes, and therefore, human capital theory is used as a lens to reflect on the study. This study employs an Input-Process-Output framework. In this study, learning environment, resources, factors of Fellow and Supervisor are inputs where all methods used for learning (e.g., mentoring, demonstration, theoretical orientation, visits etc) are considered as process and, cognitive and non-cognitive achievements are output. The authors present a strategic, yet practical approach for professional development of a senior executive from Bangladesh Open University (an ODL university from a developing country) on teaching and learning technologies at CSU (a top-ranked dual mode university in Australia) addressing the emerging issues, challenges, positive avenues for professional development on TLT for OL including key lessons learned. The paper suggests SDL on a TLT project can be considered a good means of professional development of the staff of ODL institutions.
Keywords: professional development; teaching and learning technologies (TLT); online learning (OL); human capital theory; strategic approach, self-directed learning (SDL)