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ERIC Number: ED509744
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Apr-16
Pages: 34
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
Australian TNE Programmes in Southeast Asia: The Student Perspective
Miliszewska, Iwona; Sztendur, Ewa
Observatory on Borderless Higher Education
Much of the research in transnational education (TNE) to date has focused around its effectiveness as a teaching medium, and the use of new technologies for teaching. Little attention has been given to the beliefs and behaviours that need to accompany technology so that it has the desired effects; these are assumed to follow the introduction of technology and are largely overlooked. Yet these factors impact on the quality of distance education programmes, especially in transnational settings where additional cross-cultural issues influence the realisation of educational aims. This report highlights the need for a holistic approach to TNE; an approach that takes into consideration various dimensions of the TNE context, instead of focusing exclusively on technology. The report is based on a research study that used transnational students' views on the various dimensions of the TNE context as a key indicator of the effectiveness of transnational programmes; the dimensions included student, instructor, curriculum and instruction design, interaction, evaluation and assessment, technology, and programme management and organisational support. Data for the study was collected from approximately 500 transnational students participating in eight programmes offered by four Australian universities in Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore and Vietnam. The report outlines the findings of the study, highlighting the need for incorporating student perspectives in the provision of TNE programmes. The report concludes by discussing the potential application of its findings in reviewing existing and planning new TNE programmes.
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Observatory on Borderless Higher Education
Identifiers - Location: Asia; Australia; Hong Kong; Malaysia; Singapore; Vietnam