Rethinking Flexible Learning in a Distributed Learning Environment: A university-wide initiative.

R.A. Phillips, R. Cummings, K. Lowe, Diana Jonas-Dwyer

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This paper is a case study of the impact of ICT on the teaching and learning environment at Murdoch University in Perth,Western Australia, where the convergence of distance and campus-based education is changing the teaching environmentin ways impossible prior to the development of ICT. Specifically, the paper will explore issues which have arisen from theimplementation of a new flexible unit model which focuses on student access to rather than delivery of unit materials. Theissues identified in a pilot of the new approach include: rethinking how students access learning resources; streamliningprint materials provided to students; implementing an online lecture recording and streaming solution; and providingassessment which is equivalent whether taken on-campus or online. These issues are not unique to Murdoch, but the integratedapproach to resolving them offers a financially attractive means to achieve both reform and improved quality.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)195-205
JournalEducational Media International
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2004

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