An associate dean's community of practice: rising to the leadership challenges of engaging distance students using blended models of learning and teaching

Lawrence, Jill and Burton, Lorelle and Summers, Jane and Noble, Karen and Gibbings, Peter (2013) An associate dean's community of practice: rising to the leadership challenges of engaging distance students using blended models of learning and teaching. In: Global challenges and perspectives in blended and distance learning. IGI Publishing (IGI Global), Hershey, PA. United States, pp. 212-222. ISBN 9781466639782


Associate deans (Learning and Teaching) face a number of challenges in successfully retaining and progressing students in their faculties. The first challenge involves identifying strategies to assist students to actively engage with their studies. This challenge escalates if the primary mode of delivery involves distance learning. The second challenge stems from the need for associate deans to empower their staff to design, develop, and deliver curricular that achieves student retention. This chapter conceptualizes blended learning and describes how an associate dean's community of practice facilitates an institutional approach to student engagement, both in terms of supporting students and supporting staff. These initiatives include a whole-of-institution approach to learning and teaching polices, practices and infrastructure, and professional development activities, incorporating an assessment week, university presentations, and peer review activities. The chapter outlines the success of these initiatives in building the learning and teaching capacities of both students and staff at a regional Australian university.

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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Arts - School of Humanities and Communication
Date Deposited: 24 Jul 2013 06:30
Last Modified: 02 May 2017 01:12
Uncontrolled Keywords: e-learning; distance education; online learning; student retention; blended learning; empowerment
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130313 Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130306 Educational Technology and Computing
13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130202 Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
Identification Number or DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-3978-2.ch017

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