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Exploring distributed leadership for the quality management of online learning environments

Palmer, Stuart, Holt, Dale, Gosper, Maree, Sankey, Michael and Allan, Garry 2013, Exploring distributed leadership for the quality management of online learning environments, European journal of open, distance and e-learning, vol. 16, no. 2, pp. 61-75.

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Title Exploring distributed leadership for the quality management of online learning environments
Author(s) Palmer, Stuart
Holt, Dale
Gosper, Maree
Sankey, Michael
Allan, Garry
Journal name European journal of open, distance and e-learning
Volume number 16
Issue number 2
Start page 61
End page 75
Total pages 15
Publisher European Distance and E-Learning Network
Place of publication Budapest, Hungary
Publication date 2013
ISSN 1027-5207
Keyword(s) online learning environments
distributed leadership
quality management framework
Summary Online learning environments (OLEs) are complex information technology (IT) systems that intersect with many areas of university organisation. Distributed models of leadership have been proposed as appropriate for the good governance of OLEs. Based on theoretical and empirical research, a group of Australian universities proposed a framework for the quality management of OLEs, and sought to validate the model via a survey of Australasian university representatives with OLE leadership responsibility. For the framework elements: Planning and Resourcing were rated most important; Organisational structure was rated least important; Technologies were rated low in importance and high in satisfaction; Resourcing and Evaluation were rated low in satisfaction; and Resourcing had the highest rating of importance coupled with low satisfaction. Considering distributed leadership in their institution, respondents reported that the organisational alignments represented by 'official' reporting and peer relationships were significantly more important and more effective than the organisational alignments linking the formal and informal leaders. From a range of desirable characteristics of distributed leadership, 'continuity and sustainability' received the highest rating of importance and a low rating of 'in evidence' - there are concerns about the sustainability of distributed leadership for the governance of OLEs in universities.
Language eng
Field of Research 130303 Education Assessment and Evaluation
130304 Educational Administration, Management and Leadership
Socio Economic Objective 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2013, European Distance and E-Learning Network
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