New models for learning flexibility: negotiated choices for both academics and students

Nagy, Judy and McDonald, Jacquelin (2007) New models for learning flexibility: negotiated choices for both academics and students. In: ASCILITE 2007: 24th Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education: ICT: Providing Choices for Learners and Learning, 2-5 Dec 2007, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

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Abstract

‘Flexible learning’ represents a need associated with ‘lifelong learning’ and the equipping of graduates to actively engage in a ‘knowledge society’. While the precise meaning of each of these terms is not easy to discern, notions of flexible learning have progressed an evolutionary path that concentrates on students as though they are the only stakeholder group in the higher education environment that would benefit from choice. Academic discourse also presumes that all cultural groups making up the increasingly diverse student population aspire to engage in student-centred learning as a precursor to involvement in a knowledge economy. In this environment academics have been encouraged to embrace on-line teaching and promote a more student-centred learning approach when the natural inclination and talent of many academics may make this style of pedagogy so challenging that learning outcomes are compromised. We question this ‘one size fits all’ mentality and suggest a model that empowers both the students and academics by allowing them the ability to choose the approach that suits their educational philosophy and preferred learning/teaching approach. The model represents an innovation in flexibility that recognises initial embedded learning foundation abilities and reaches both teachers and learners by utilizing their own frames of reference.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Published version desposited with blanket permission of publisher.
Depositing User: Dr Jacquie McDonald
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Learning and Teaching Support Unit
Date Deposited: 26 Feb 2008 23:38
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 22:58
Uncontrolled Keywords: student-centred learning, academic-centred learning, learning styles, teaching styles, higher education
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130313 Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators
13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130309 Learning Sciences
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/3897

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