Framing and enhancing distributed leadership in the quality management of online learning environments in higher education

Holt, Dale and Palmer, Stuart and Gosper, Maree and Sankey, Michael and Allan, Garry (2014) Framing and enhancing distributed leadership in the quality management of online learning environments in higher education. Distance Education, 35 (3). pp. 382-399. ISSN 0158-7919

Abstract

This article reports on the findings of senior leadership interviews in a nationally funded project on distributed leadership in the quality management of online learning environments (OLEs) in higher education. Questions were framed around the development of an OLE quality management framework and the situation of the characteristics of distributed leadership at the core of the framework. The project's premise is that distributed leadership is a descriptive reality of managing OLEs given the various leadership parties involved and the complexities of the contemporary technological landscape. Leaders' understandings of distributed leadership were examined—its nature, value and potential for advancing the quality management of OLEs. There was confirmatory evidence of its reality, but its meaning and value were not uncritically accepted. It can be concluded that building distributed leadership must start through deliberative formal leadership commitment and action starting at the highest levels of the institution.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: © 2014 Open and Distance Learning Association of Australia. Permanent restricted access to published version due to publisher copyright policy.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Division of Academic Services - Learning Environments and Media
Date Deposited: 24 Feb 2015 06:43
Last Modified: 27 Jun 2017 02:35
Uncontrolled Keywords: distributed leadership; online learning environments; quality management; semi-structured interviews
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130306 Educational Technology and Computing
15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1503 Business and Management > 150313 Quality Management
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130304 Educational Administration, Management and Leadership
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930203 Teaching and Instruction Technologies
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1080/01587919.2015.955261
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/26805

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