Reconceptualising the instructional design model for the knowledge society

Somasundaram, Jay and Danaher, Patrick Alan and Bowser, Don (2006) Reconceptualising the instructional design model for the knowledge society. In: 6th Annual Conference of the South East Asian Association for Institutional Research, 5-7 September 2006, Langkawi, Malaysia.


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Higher education in the new millennium faces several major challenges. Along with an increased demand for a tertiary educated workforce, both the state and the student are demanding that the cost of this education be minimised. We are also faced with a demand for flexible learning from an increasingly mature age, part-time and off-campus student population. Elsewhere (Somasundaram, Bowser & Danaher, 2006), the authors have proposed three concepts as pivotal to achieving a society of lifelong learners: learning relationships; systematic learning; and learning resources and tools. Here we elaborate our conceptualisation and possible applications of systematic learning in promoting the concerns and interests of the contemporary knowledge society. Applying the principles of systems thinking (Gharajedaghi, 1999; Senge, 1990), the authors synthesise a process model of systematic learning taken from instructional design (e.g., Dick, Carey & Carey, 2005; Shambaugh & Magliaro, 2006). The synthesis adds two important elements not included in most theoretical instructional design models: accreditation and maintenance. An economic analysis of the synthesised model illuminates the constraints on transforming our higher education system caused by the scarcity of particular resources. A comparative case study of two methods of learning and achieving accreditation in accountancy simultaneously tests and illustrates the model. The authors contend that these resources need not be scarce and suggest how these bottlenecks can be disbanded. The paper elaborates on the solutions proposed by this analysis, which suggests answers to some of the challenges facing the transformation of higher education and the global knowledge society in the 21st century.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: No evidence of copyright restrictions.
Depositing User: Assoc Prof Patrick Danaher
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Education
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 00:52
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 22:40
Uncontrolled Keywords: Australia, higher education, instructional design, knowledge society
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130202 Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130309 Learning Sciences

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