Towards institution-wide online teaching and learning systems: trends, drivers and issues

Holt, Dale, Rice, Mary, Smissen, Ian and Bowly, Judy 2001, Towards institution-wide online teaching and learning systems: trends, drivers and issues, in Meeting at the crossroads : proceedings of the 18th Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiarty Education (ASCILITE) : 9 - 12 December 2001, Biomedical Multimedia Unit, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia, pp. 271-280.


Title Towards institution-wide online teaching and learning systems: trends, drivers and issues
Author(s) Holt, Dale
Rice, Mary
Smissen, Ian
Bowly, Judy
Conference name Conference of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education (18th : 2001 : University of Melbourne, Vic.)
Conference location University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia
Conference dates 9-12 December 2001
Title of proceedings Meeting at the crossroads : proceedings of the 18th Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiarty Education (ASCILITE) : 9 - 12 December 2001
ISBN ***DO NOT USE*** 0734021577
Editor(s) Kennedy, Gregor
Keppell, Mike
McNaught, Carmel
Petrovic, Tom
Publication date 2001
Start page 271
End page 280
Publisher Biomedical Multimedia Unit, University of Melbourne
Place of publication Melbourne, Australia
Keyword(s) instructional management systems
innovation diffusion theory
centralisation
decentralisation
online learning designs
Summary Universities worldwide are consolidating and enhancing their commitments to various models of e-learning. These activities are leading to the adoption of corporate-wide e-learning systems, and accompanying changes in structures, processes and infrastructure requirements. The professed ideal is to identify narrowly defined corporate IT solutions which can deliver the full range of educational, administrative and student support features to meet the organisational need to expand e-learning activities globally. The trend seems to be away from locally driven and controlled IT development and adoption towards investments in Instructional Management Systems (IMS). In reality, however, universities generally are developing and using a broader array of solutions to meet their needs than may be deemed desirable under a more centralised, corporatised IT approach. This paper examines these trends by analysing the drivers shaping corporate approaches to IT implementation, and reflects critically on some of the educational, economic and organisational tensions and issues evident in institutional approaches to establishing such systems. The paper highlights the ongoing need for innovative, dynamic organisational solutions to progress the e-learning agenda, and the thoughtful reconciliation of centralised and decentralised approaches to achieving desired ends.
ISBN 9780734021571
Language eng
Field of Research 130306 Educational Technology and Computing
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
Copyright notice ©2001, Dale Holt, Mary Rice, Ian Smissen and Judy Bowly
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