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Distance and Flexible Learning includes flexible learning and support, blended learning, and technology-assisted learning such as e-learning and m-learning.
The New Media Consortium (NMC) and the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) jointly produced Horizon Report describes six areas of emerging technology that will have significant impact on higher education within three adoption horizons over the next one to five years. The 2008 report focuses on the following topic: Grassroots Video; Collaboration Webs; Mobile Broadband; Data Mashups; Collective Intelligence; Social Operating Systems
What is the reality for students and lecturers using online learning and teaching? Does this method of delivery enhance learning and what are the limitations of this medium? The two case study examples in this article describe undergraduate and postgraduate courses previously taught in the School of Nursing at Otago Polytechnic. The undergraduate case study illustrates some of the challenges associated with online teaching and learning at a time when there was limited infrastructure in the organisation for this mode. Whereas the other case study is about how online discussion and activities can fit a particular model of learning.
'Flexible delivery’ is sometimes mistakenly used only as a collective term for computer-based learning. Children’s picture books are flexible learning resources that stretch across learning styles and diverse experiences of tertiary students, resulting in individual learning, appreciation of difference, and recognition of previous learning outside the formal learning setting. This paper describes one way I use children’s picture books within an undergraduate nursing programme.
While computer-based training offers the advantages of self-paced learning and skills training, the real value in a workplace learning environment is the ability to capture and leverage the knowledge, expertise and skills already present in the learners. This paper presents a case study of how a consortium of polytechnics have undertaken two related eLearning projects which deliver a national management qualification to current and aspiring supervisory personnel in the New Zealand public sector.
This study reports on students' and lecturers' perceptions of using wikis as a platform for conducting assessed group projects in two postgraduate Master's level university courses. The results highlight the fact that student attitudes to group work, in general, are mixed, and that the use of wikis per se is not enough to improve these attitudes. On the positive side, students found wikis useful for arranging information and sharing knowledge, while instructors thought wikis made managing and marking group work easier and more effective. Other issues related to using wikis as a collaborative learning tool in higher education are also considered.
This discussion paper examines barriers, opportunities and other significant characteristics that impact on the ability of ‘Māori community’ to participate more equitably in the field of education utilising e-learning tools. Processes or projects that enhance initiatives of best practice will also be given consideration to identify potential projects or recommendations that will help achieve progress toward equitable participation.
This study focuses on the 'assessing' aspect of tertiary teaching in a distance teacher education programme. It explores the perceptions of the role of written assessment feedback held by a cohort of students enrolled in The Open Polytechnic of New Zealand Diploma of Teaching (Early Childhood Education (a Level 7, distance teacher education programme using mixed delivery methods). The findings relate strategically and practically to other teacher education programmes—such as online programmes—by giving teacher educators a greater understanding of the nature and extent of written assessment feedback.
This report investigates the use and suitability of proprietary and open source learning management systems to support online and blended learning in New Zealand workplaces. The need for this study arose out of Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology (CPIT) and Tertiary Accord of New Zealand (TANZ) experience with the Blackboard and Moodle learning management systems (LMS) for workplace delivery. Blackboard is a proprietary system, and Moodle is free open source software.
In examining the factors that affect attrition among distance online learners this paper focuses on the distinctive characteristics of mature adult learners undertaking part-time education by distance eLearning course for the first time. The available research suggests that attrition among mature adult online learners is affected by sociological, psychological, technical and cognitive factors, critical features of which are the notions of cognitive load and locus of control. This paper argues that first time eLearners often experience cognitive overload in the early stages of an online course and it is suggested that this is a likely contributor to high drop out rates, particularly in terms of those withdrawing within the first few weeks of the course start.
E-mat is for staff in tertiary organisations who want to improve the outcomes of their Pacific learners. These people might be educators, managers, support staff and IT staff. E-mat has particular value for staff in organisations that have significant numbers of Pacific students or are committed to meeting the needs of Pacific learners.
These guidelines are designed to help institutions improve their e-learning practice. They have been designed for teachers, support staff and managers, and provide up-to-date, practical information and direction on e-learning.