The changing role of an instructional designer in the implementation of blended learning at an Australian university

McDonald, Jacqueline and Mayes, Terry (2007) The changing role of an instructional designer in the implementation of blended learning at an Australian university. In: Instructional design: case studies in communities of practice. IGI Publishing (IGI Global), Hershey, PA. United States, pp. 170-192. ISBN 9781599043227

Abstract

This chapter presents a case study that reflects on the changing approach of an instructional designer at an Australian university. The designer moved from one-to-one interactions with subject matter experts in the design of traditional print-based distance learning courses to adopting a pedagogical framework that guides the use of technology in hybrid course design and encourages the subject matter experts to design their courses in a way that emphasises what Wenger (2005) has called the 'horizontalisation' of learning. The subject experts were encouraged to experience some of the benefits of a community of practice (CoP) approach for themselves. The study contrasts the traditional approach to design with the framework used here, in which social constructivist principles of learning were offered to the subject matter experts in a way that was immediately engaging and usable for them. The chapter presents the subject experts' evaluation of the effectiveness of the approach described.


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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: © 2007, IGI Global. Copying or distributing in print or electronic forms without written permission of IGI Global is prohibited.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Education
Date Deposited: 30 Nov 2007 16:01
Last Modified: 27 Jun 2017 05:06
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130306 Educational Technology and Computing
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130313 Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators
13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930202 Teacher and Instructor Development
Identification Number or DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-322-7.ch009
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/17916

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