Challenging enterprises and subcultures: interrogating 'best practice' in Central Queensland University's course management systems

Luck, Jo and Jones, David and McConachie, Jeanne and Danaher, Patrick Alan (2004) Challenging enterprises and subcultures: interrogating 'best practice' in Central Queensland University's course management systems. Studies in Learning, Evaluation, Innovation and Development, 1 (2). pp. 19-31. ISSN 1832-2050


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[Abstract]: The notion of ‘best practice’ when applied to university teaching and learning confronts a difficult challenge: to raise the minimum educational standard in society without diluting the diversity constituting any university. This challenge is particularly evident at Central Queensland University (CQU), whose diversity of student demographics and characteristics, teaching modes and organisational structures exerts pressure on its perceived institutional unity and identity.

This challenge of ‘best practice’ is exacerbated when applied to the examination of course management systems, which are commercial software packages that provide Web-based tools, services and resources to support the teaching and learning process for both online and blended delivery. The implementation of these systems at CQU has highlighted fault lines in the worldviews and priorities of different groups and individuals in the institution. It is the intersection of these enterprise systems – or “packages of computer applications that support many, even most, aspects of a company’s information needs” (McConachie, 2001, p. 194) – and subcultures and the impact of that intersection on understanding ‘best practice’ in CQU’s teaching and learning activities with which this paper is concerned.

This intersection between enterprise systems and subcultures is illustrated by an analysis of the results of an online survey questionnaire completed between August and October 2003 by 91 respondents, representing academic and general staff members, managers and students from eight campuses and seven faculties/divisions. The authors argue that the survey results contain significant lessons for conceptualising ‘best practice’ in CQU’s teaching and learning, including the urgent need for strategies to make visible the aforementioned fault lines between enterprise systems and subcultures.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: The journal states that 'Copyright of articles is retained by authors. As an open access journal, articles are free to use, with proper attribution, in educational and other non-commercial settings.'
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Education
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 00:54
Last Modified: 02 Dec 2015 02:56
Uncontrolled Keywords: Australia, best practice, Central Queensland University, course management systems, enterprises, subcultures,higher education research
Fields of Research : 16 Studies in Human Society > 1605 Policy and Administration > 160506 Education Policy
13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130309 Learning Sciences

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