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ERIC Number: EJ820149
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Mar
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 15
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0968-7769
Becoming More Systematic about Flexible Learning: Beyond Time and Distance
de Boer, Wim; Collis, Betty
ALT-J: Research in Learning Technology, v13 n1 p33-48 Mar 2005
Changes in higher education frequently involve the need for more flexibility in course design and delivery. Flexibility is a concept that can be operationalized in many ways. One approach to conceptualizing flexibility within courses is to distinguish planning-type flexibility, which the instructor can designate before the course begins and which needs to be managed when the course is offered, for interpersonal flexibility, which relates more to the dynamics of the course as it is experienced by the learners. Course management systems (CMSs) offer options that can support both of these sorts of flexibility, if instructors use the CMSs with a systematic frame of reference. The instructor faces challenges in managing both types of flexibility, but the experience at one institution shows that being systematic about flexibility choices and ways to support those choices in the institutional CMS can help in meeting these challenges. (Contains 4 tables and 7 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Netherlands