Redesigning curricula using blended learning: a development-based research approach

Keppell, Michael J. (2010) Redesigning curricula using blended learning: a development-based research approach. In: Education for future practice. Practice, Education, Work and Society (3). Sense Publishers, Rotterdam, Netherlands, pp. 217-227. ISBN 978-94-6091-318-1


Universities in the 21st century need to be responsive to the changing needs of societies by providing accessible and equitable learning and teaching options. This may mean that Universities need to provide authentic and flexible approaches in order to cater for learners in regional as well as urban environments. Distance education universities, in particular, have traditionally been sensitive to providing equitable options for their diverse range of students spanning the rural, urban and global educational community. To effectively fulfil this mission a university needs to be continually evaluating and transforming teaching and learning and undertaking curriculum renewal on a regular basis in order to provide accessible and equitable learning opportunities. In order to achieve these goals, traditional distance education universities are diversifying the range of teaching and learning options by utilising online teaching and learning and blended learning options in an attempt to extend their educational reach and be responsive to the needs of students. Because 'the centrepiece of any organization is the curriculum it offers its students' (Tierney, 1999, p. 41), the design of curricula needs to be carefully considered to embrace the needs of students, and provide equitable teaching and learning options for the university community.

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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
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Additional Information: Copyright 2010 Sense Publishers. Permanent restricted access to published version in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Maths and Computing
Date Deposited: 22 Aug 2014 04:56
Last Modified: 24 Oct 2014 06:01
Uncontrolled Keywords: development-based research; blended learning
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130306 Educational Technology and Computing
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130202 Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130399 Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9305 Education and Training Systems > 930501 Education and Training Systems Policies and Development

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