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ERIC Number: EJ802814
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 10
ISSN: ISSN-0951-354X
Developing and Implementing an Online Doctoral Programme
Combe, Colin
International Journal of Educational Management, v19 n2 p118-127 2005
Purpose: This article is a critical reflection of the development and implementation of one of the first online doctoral programs in the UK set up at the University of Northumbria, Newcastle in 2000. Design/methodology/approach: The method adopted for analysis takes the form of a case study. Findings: Effective market research has to be undertaken to fully understand what students need and expect from an online program of study. Course providers need to identify highly motivated students. Second, critical success factors focus on a well-targeted curriculum that provides the skills and knowledge relevant to student needs, backed by exceptional faculty who provide innovative course design. Finally, there is a need for integrating the management, teaching and technical team to ensure a high quality and coherent program delivery. Practical implications: The reflections in this article can be used as a guide by other faculties wishing to develop online programs. The article highlights some of the pitfalls of developing and implementing online course delivery and proposes adopting instructional guides as an aid to course design. Originality/value: The article provides an original insight into some of the operational, technical and managerial issues relevant to delivering an effective online program of study at an advanced level.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)