Toward new models of flexible education to enhance quality in Australian higher education
Palmer, Stuart, Holt, Dale and Farley, Alan 2010, Toward new models of flexible education to enhance quality in Australian higher education. In Kennepohl, Dietmar and Shaw, Lawton (ed), Accessible elements : teaching science online and at a distance, AU Press, Edmonton, Alberta, pp.61-80.
In this chapter we focus on models of flexible education as related to Australian higher education (with an argument that this is typical of developments worldwide). Moreover, Deakin University’s longstanding experience in flexible, online and distance education, as a case study of changes in Australian higher education, will be highlighted, with a particular emphasis on developments in teaching engineering and technology flexibly. To begin, we provide coverage of contemporary developments in quality enhancements in teaching and learning in Australian higher education arguing that flexible education is a key institutional response to external demands. The meanings of flexible education and blended learning are then considered and a contingency-based framework for designing flexible education outlined. The framework will consider models of flexible education design in the light of goals, the roles, needs and circumstances of teaching staff and learners, the changing technological environment, and the requirements of various external stakeholders. The focus will then move to course and unit concerns relating to flexible educational models of course design and operation as illustrated through the case of engineering and technology at Deakin. The final section will give some consideration to future directions in flexible education.
Field of Research
130212 Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy
Socio Economic Objective
970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
HERDC Research category
BN Other book chapter, or book chapter not attributed to Deakin
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