Finding and mending potholes in the laneways connecting higher education institutions with their part-time e-tutors: Virtual learning communities fostering organisational learning

Cleary, Kaye (2007) Finding and mending potholes in the laneways connecting higher education institutions with their part-time e-tutors: Virtual learning communities fostering organisational learning. In: 37th Annual SCUTREA Conference (SCUTREA 2007): 'Researching Adult Learning Communities and Partnerships in the Local and Global Context', 3 - 5 Jul 2007, Belfast, Ireland.

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Abstract

This paper reveals the experience part-time e-tutors when a mid-sized regional Australian university first offered online programs. Potholes and laneways are metaphors to highlight the fragility of linkages when institutions rely on those outside their core staff for the success of new enterprises. The study examines the interface between part-time (sessional) e-tutors and the variety of institutional units they must work with through the structure of a learning community. The investigation illustrates how institutional policies and procedures established for the status quo may place these e-tutors in unanticipated and uncomfortable situations.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Depositing User: Ms Kaye Cleary
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Education
Date Deposited: 31 Jan 2008 01:40
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 22:56
Uncontrolled Keywords: academic staff attitudes, computer mediated communication, distance education, part pime academic staff, learning communities
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130199 Education systems not elsewhere classified
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130313 Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/3677

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