Reshaping distance education – returning the student to centre stage

Todhunter, Barrie James (2011) Reshaping distance education – returning the student to centre stage. In: Education 2011 - 2021 Summit: Global Challenges and Perspectives of Blended and Distance Learning, 15-18 Feb 2011, Sydney, Australia.


Teachers in higher education are confronted with a confusing and fragmented range of learning and teaching models for learners who are not traditional on-campus students attending regularly scheduled face-to-face classes. Terms such as online learning, e-learning, open learning, blended learning, networked learning and flexible learning confuse the issues that relate to learning at a distance, and distract educators from the timeless principles that underpin teaching and learning. This paper examines the development of guidelines intended to assist in the future reshaping of a coursework Master’s program in project management offered at a regional university.
Using a postgraduate coursework project management program as a case study an holistic exploration has been carried out of the critical issues associated with teaching and learning at a distance, with a focus on the three layers of the institutional environment, the pedagogical frameworks and the learning setting of the actual students. The research methodology and design are discussed and the outcomes are presented to provide guidance for educational administrators, teachers and learners. Consistent with the research project objectives, the major outcome of this study is an holistic framework of distance education learning principles for higher education (DELPHE) as a meaningful tool for reshaping postgraduate distance education learning and teaching models.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Paper made not accessible at author's request, due to it being subsequently published in a book. Co-published by Distance Education Hub (DEHub) / Open and Distance Learning Association of Australia (ODLAA)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Business and Law - School of Management and Marketing
Date Deposited: 08 Apr 2011 00:15
Last Modified: 26 Jun 2017 00:32
Uncontrolled Keywords: distance education, postgraduate education, guiding principles; higher education research
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130203 Economics, Business and Management Curriculum and Pedagogy
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930201 Pedagogy

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