Bringing new learning to old cultures

Tynan, Belinda (2009) Bringing new learning to old cultures. In: Enhancing learning, teaching, assessment and curriculum in higher education: theory, cases, practices. Society for Research into Higher Education & Open University Press, Maidenhead, England, pp. 127-132. ISBN 9780335233762


The manager in this case, myself, was enticed to what could best be described as a 'clean page' in an Asian institution. My brief was to establish a faculty with a focus on e-learning. This included setting up the technical infrastructure, undertaking detailed market analysis, developing strategic business plans and developing courses for distance delivery and professional development of staff. This presented an extraordinary opportunity that crossed arts education (my discipline base) and the use of new technologies (a passion). It was critical to initiate processes that were in alignment with the organizational vision. It was an exciting time but not one that I was completely prepared for: in experience, in my ability to negotiate a different cultural context or in the management processes of the institution itself. There is much that is not explained in this case, and the reader can draw inferences about any gaps. The case study is an attempt to analyse the challenge of introducing change to a 'clean page', and the personal impact of this process.

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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Chapter 19. Permanent restricted access to published version due to publisher copyright policy.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Distance and e-Learning Centre
Date Deposited: 17 May 2012 05:11
Last Modified: 12 Sep 2016 02:38
Uncontrolled Keywords: strategic planning, higher education, technology, culture
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130304 Educational Administration, Management and Leadership
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9305 Education and Training Systems > 930502 Management of Education and Training Systems
C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9305 Education and Training Systems > 930503 Resourcing of Education and Training Systems

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