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Framing and enhancing distributed leadership in the quality management of online learning environments in higher education

Holt, Dale, Palmer, Stuart, Gosper, Maree, Sankey, Michael and Allan, Garry 2014, Framing and enhancing distributed leadership in the quality management of online learning environments in higher education, Distance education, vol. 35, no. 3, pp. 382-399, doi: 10.1080/01587919.2015.955261.

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Title Framing and enhancing distributed leadership in the quality management of online learning environments in higher education
Author(s) Holt, Dale
Palmer, StuartORCID iD for Palmer, Stuart orcid.org/0000-0002-2517-0597
Gosper, Maree
Sankey, Michael
Allan, Garry
Journal name Distance education
Volume number 35
Issue number 3
Start page 382
End page 399
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2014
ISSN 0158-7919
1475-0198
Keyword(s) distributed leadership
online learning environments
quality management
semi-structured interviews
Summary This article reports on the findings of senior leadership interviews in a nationally funded project on distributed leadership in the quality management of online learning environments (OLEs) in higher education. Questions were framed around the development of an OLE quality management framework and the situation of the characteristics of distributed leadership at the core of the framework. The project’s premise is that distributed leadership is a descriptive reality of managing OLEs given the various leadership parties involved and the complexities of the contemporary technological landscape. Leaders’ understandings of distributed leadership were examined—its nature, value and potential for advancing the quality management of OLEs. There was confirmatory evidence of its reality, but its meaning and value were not uncritically accepted. It can be concluded that building distributed leadership must start through deliberative formal leadership commitment and action starting at the highest levels of the institution.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/01587919.2015.955261
Field of Research 130306 Educational Technology and Computing
Socio Economic Objective 930501 Education and Training Systems Policies and Development
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2014, Open and Distance Learning Association of Australia
Free to Read? Yes
Free to Read Start Date 2016-07-01
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30068973

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