An online orientation to Open, Flexible and Distance Learning
About the project
This completed project provides a series of introductory resources for students, academic staff and education managers seeking to learn the basic ideas, concepts and theories related to open, flexible, and distance learning (OFDL). The resources form a self-paced professional development programme that provides linkages into the global community of OFDL organisations and research. A major focus of the course is the application of theory, using a well-designed, self-directed series of modules. The professional development programme also links participants together through peer-based forums and reflective activities.
OFDL has a rich heritage. The project aims to draw attention to various foundational ideas, and their expression in practice. The project will draw together foundational readings, video interviews with New Zealand professionals in the areas of OFDL (drawing on professional association memberships), and opportunities for reflection and discussion. While many institutions are exploring OFDL as means of providing education, staff across the tertiary sector tend to be unaware of pedagogical options or the affordances provided by digital technologies.
The project seeks to introduce a common theoretical base and vocabulary for OFDL practitioners, and to assist with the further development of an OFDL community. The orientation will also spur new research activity in the area of OFDL that build on the basis of foundational ideas. Those completing the professional development modules will be issued with a DEANZ Certificate of Completion.
This project was launched at the ASCILITE Conference November 2014.
A free online professional development opportunity, based on the foundational ideas and theories related to OFDL. The objective is to orientate OFDL practitioners, both academic staff and managers, to the international OFDL community, effective practice models, and theoretical frameworks. Five professional development topics, consisting of a total of fourteen modules each requiring about one hour's worth of learning activity, will be developed. Modules will be self-directed and asynchronous, using a variety of video clips, multimedia presentations, readings, asynchronous discussion opportunities, and reflective questions. Modules will introduce participants to what OFDL is; key theories and ideas underpinning OFDL practice; teaching and research; and the international OFDL community. Some clips will be case-study based.
The project team has met to agree on topics that would provide a useful orientation to OFDL for practitioners. The team has also agreed on a general approach to be applied to the modules.
Dr Mark Nichols (project contact leader)
Dr Bill Anderson
Dr Jennifer Thompson
Ako Aotearoa $23,100 (excl. GST)
DEANZ $23,100 (excl. GST)
Project commenced: October 2013
Project completed: Mid 2014
Outputs: Free online professional development course
An orientation to open, flexible and distance learning
Read about the course here
Enrol now at: http://tinyurl.com/ofdlorientation