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Rethinking flexible learning in a distributed learning environment: A University‐wide initiative

Phillips, R., Cummings, R., Lowe, K. and Jonas-Dwyer, D. (2004) Rethinking flexible learning in a distributed learning environment: A University‐wide initiative. Educational Media International, 41 (3). pp. 195-205.

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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 environment in ways impossible prior to the development of ICT. Specifically, the paper will explore issues which have arisen from the implementation of a new flexible unit model which focuses on student access to rather than delivery of unit materials. The issues identified in a pilot of the new approach include: rethinking how students access learning resources; streamlining print materials provided to students; implementing an online lecture recording and streaming solution; and providing assessment which is equivalent whether taken on‐campus or online. These issues are not unique to Murdoch, but the integrated approach to resolving them offers a financially attractive means to achieve both reform and improved quality.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): Teaching and Learning Centre
Publisher: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group
Copyright: © 2004 International Council for Educational Media
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