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ERIC Number: EJ1060134
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 19
ISSN: EISSN-1832-8342
The "Gourmet" Sausage Factory: Keeping It Human
Willems, Christiaan
Journal of Learning Design, v8 n1 p79-94 2015
Whilst tertiary institutions have and continue to invest heavily in the technological aspects of online Teaching & Learning (T&L), there does not appear to have been a commensurate investment in the "human" aspects of the utilising the technology. Despite the broad recognition that teaching & learning "materials" need to be adapted for and to the onscreen medium, little attention appears to have been paid thus far to the actual "people" who are delivering it--who equally need to "adapt themselves" to that medium, in order to maximise the benefit of the technology by maximising the human communication skills of the people using the online medium--as distinct from the technical skills required to drive and deliver the bits and bytes. The "REdelivery Initiative" was a direct response to that notion. This paper details--by way of a narrative of one of the workshop participants--that part of the process involving the professional development of academics specifically in and specifically for the digital, online, T&L context, in order to both illuminate and maximise the potential and opportunities afforded by the technology.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia