Temporal flexibility in online university courses in Spain and Australia

Barbera, Elena and Clara, Marc and Danaher, Patrick A. and van Rensburg, Henriette (2013) Temporal flexibility in online university courses in Spain and Australia. In: Assessment and evaluation of time factors in online teaching and learning. Research Essentials Collection. IGI Publishing (IGI Global), Hershey, PA. United States, pp. 111-125. ISBN 978-1-4666-4651-3

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Temporal flexibility in learning is one of the main promises and advantages of online learning, as well as one of its most important characteristics. This advantage has been widely exploited by institutions, which offer several degrees online or constitute themselves fully online. Although it is clear that online university courses are able to be more flexible in time than face-to-face courses, it is also true that as formal educational institutions with accreditation responsibilities universities face some time constraints that prevent them from being absolutely flexible. In this chapter, the authors present a study to assess the levels of time flexibility of online courses in two universities in Spain and Australia. To do so, they administrated a Likert-scale questionnaire to 413 students at both universities to assess seven items of time flexibility. The results suggest that in both universities some items of time flexibility are quite high but other items are still low. The authors then discuss these results from the point of view of the nature of higher education institutions and their current role in society.

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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: © 2014, IGI Global. Copying or distributing in print or electronic forms without written permission of IGI Global is prohibited.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - No Department
Date Deposited: 19 Nov 2013 01:14
Last Modified: 03 May 2017 01:20
Uncontrolled Keywords: Australia; higher education; online education; Spain; survey questionnaire; temporal flexibility; university education
Fields of Research : 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: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9301 Learner and Learning > 930101 Learner and Learning Achievement
C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930203 Teaching and Instruction Technologies
C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930201 Pedagogy
Identification Number or DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-4651-3.ch005
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/24264

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