Leading the quality management of online learning environments in Australian higher education

Holt, Dale and Palmer, Stuart and Munro, Judy and Solomonides, Ian and Gosper, Maree and Hicks, Margaret and Sankey, Michael and Allan, Garry and Hollenbeck, Robert (2013) Leading the quality management of online learning environments in Australian higher education. Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, 29 (3). pp. 387-402. ISSN 1449-3098

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The paper presents the findings of the first year of a nationally funded Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC) project on the quality management of online learning environments by and through distributed leadership. The project is being undertaken by five Australian universities with major commitments to online and distance education. Each university, however, has a distinctive location, history and profile in the sector. The first year of the project has seen the development of a quality management framework with six interrelated elements. The framework is being applied, refined and validated in the second year of the project. Allied with the development of the framework, was the conduct of focus groups at each of the five partner institutions in the middle of the first year. These focus groups composed a range of staff involved collectively in the leadership of the organisation's online learning environment. Prominence was given to the nature and value of strategic planning, due diligence conducted in selecting and mainstreaming technologies, evaluation approaches informing decision making, and the various relationships between different leadership levels and domains. A number of key issues which emerged relating to the elements identified in the framework are examined.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: © 2013 Australasian Journal of Educational Technology. Open Access Journal. Published source must be acknowledged.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Australian Digital Futures Institute
Date Deposited: 18 Jul 2013 02:07
Last Modified: 24 Jul 2017 03:59
Uncontrolled Keywords: ALTC; quality; learning; teaching; university; universities; online learning environments; framework
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130306 Educational Technology and Computing
13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1503 Business and Management > 150313 Quality Management
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9305 Education and Training Systems > 930502 Management of Education and Training Systems
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/23758

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