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ERIC Number: ED467953
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Dec
Pages: 12
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Recommendations for Teaching in a Distributed Learning Environment: The Students' Perspective.
Lefoe, Geraldine; Gunn, Cathy; Hedberg, John
The University of Wollongong (Australia) opened a new campus and two new access canters on the south coast of New South Wales in 2000. The combination of distance with limited funding, after seed funding was expended, provided opportunities to rethink teaching and learning strategies. Competition from traditional distance education providers in the area meant that, strategically, Wollongong had to think differently. This paper provides an overview of issues identified by students through an evaluation of the inaugural year of a flexibly delivered arts degree in a distributed learning environment. Pedagogical, technological, and support issues and solutions are discussed. Actions taken by the university to resolve the issues are outlined, and the following recommendations for implementation from the students' perspective are proposed: (1) set clear role expectations; (2) talk to students; (3) provide opportunity to work and talk with other students; (4) choose the best medium for the task at hand; (5) teach students to use the technology; (6) provide resources students can use; (7) let students know what support is available; and (8) guide students through the administrative nightmare. (Contains 43 references.) (Author/MES)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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