Distance and Flexible Learning
Results for Distance and Flexible Learning
The lead advisory group for tertiary e-learning in Aotearoa, New Zealand
This project identified 10 effective strategies that teachers can use within a blended learning environment to enhance learner engagement and achievement.
Six New Zealand tertiary institutions are engaged in a collaborative network of practice around learners and mobile devices, examining the ways in mobility, social media and new approaches to learning and teaching are changing the landscape of education. The project will generate a range of practical strategies for students, teachers and leaders to utilise the affordances of mobile devices for pedagogical transformation and empowering learners.
Taking the Lead: Strategic management for e-Learning is designed to help chief executives and senior executive officers of New Zealand’s tertiary education organisations consider the contribution they can make to the strategic development and management of e-learning in their institutions.
This NPF project will use participatory action research case studies to develop ways to translate learning analytics data into useful information for tertiary teachers and learning designers.
Topics and modules currently under development are:
1.0 Laying OFDL foundations
1.1 Participants’ perspectives - An exploration of each participant’s understanding of OFDL, their role, their institutional context
1.2 Definitions and history - Focussing on DE, looking at foundations and the evolution of DE (include social justice); Perry’s Open University ‘opens’
1.3 The distance advantage - The diversity of DE students; no significant difference and meta-studies; inclusion
1.4 The diversity of distance - Case studies and examples
2.0 Key distance education concepts
2.1 The systems approach - Industrialisation; quality in DE
2.2 Modelling DE - Transactions; the Community of Inquiry; transactional distance; the guided didactic conversation
3.0 The effective distance educator
3.1 Understanding your role - Institutional context; examples – which represents you?; reflective questions; goals & outcomes; interactions; assessment; support; technologies
3.2 The role of the distance educator - Teaching presence; the role of the DE over time
3.3 What effective distance educators do - Interacting with students; written style; providing feedback
4.0 Successful distance learners
4.1 The student study cycle - Retention; completion; support services; preparedness
4.2 Student learning behaviours - Setting expectations; self-reflective learning; orientations to study; motivation
5.0 The OFDL community
5.1 Professional organisations - Links, overview
5.2 Publications - Books and journals, Websites
6.0 Future thinking