Stories of learning spaces from distant places

Brown, Mark and Keppell, Mike and Hughes, Helen and Hard, Natasha and Smith, Liz (2013) Stories of learning spaces from distant places. In: 36th Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia Conference (HERDSA 2013): The Place of Learning and Teaching, 1-4 Jul 2013, Auckland, New Zealand.

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Abstract

Digitally mediated distance education is the fastest growing sector of tertiary education. However, online and distance education providers frequently report lower completion rates than traditional face-to-face providers for reasons that are subject to considerable speculation. Against this backdrop, the objective of the current study was to seek a deep understanding from first-time distance students about their learning experiences. The overarching methodology was Design-Based Research, within which the study drew on phenomenological data gathering methods. The lived experiences of 20 first-time distance learners were captured in their own words in over 22 hours of video diary data. A grounded theory approach was applied to the process of thematic data analysis. The discussion reflects on deep insights into the complexities of life as a distance learner. The paper concludes that institutions should not take for granted that students who choose distant learning spaces are intuitively able to transform them into effective places for formal learning.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Copyright © 2013 HERDSA and the authors. Apart from any fair dealing for the purposes of research or private study, criticism or review, this publication may only be reproduced, stored or transmitted, in any form or by any means, with the prior permission in writing of the publishers.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Australian Digital Futures Institute
Date Deposited: 26 Feb 2014 10:21
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2016 01:14
Uncontrolled Keywords: teaching methods; distance education; online learning
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130306 Educational Technology and Computing
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170103 Educational Psychology
13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930203 Teaching and Instruction Technologies
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/24060

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