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ERIC Number: EJ856354
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Aug
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 18
ISSN: ISSN-0950-4222
Scottish and Austrian Perspectives on Delivering a Master's: From Paper to Virtual and from Individual to Collaborative
McLuckie, Joseph A.; Naulty, Michael; Luchoomun, Dharmadeo; Wahl, Harald
Industry and Higher Education, v23 n4 p311-318 Aug 2009
This article explores the transition in course delivery from a paper-based format to blended learning, and highlights the role of the virtual learning environment (VLE) in this process. Professional practice in postgraduate programmes in particular is investigated during this transition stage at the University of Dundee (UoD) in Scotland, and the University of Applied Sciences Technikum Wien (UASTW) in Austria. In this transition, UoD is developing and implementing a "Master's Framework" supported by the VLE, "MyDundee", which is built on the Blackboard e-learning platform. Similarly, UASTW is exploiting the Campus Information System (CIS) based on the open-source e-learning platform Moodle. Although the methods used to promote and practise e-learning differ at the two universities, their common aim is to support students' and professionals' learning when face-to-face contact time between students and tutors is significantly reduced. The use of collaborative and peer-assessed tools like e-portfolios, newsletters, discussion forums, Wikis and group puzzles are used as means of satisfying a delivery model which reflects socially constructivist principles of learning. (Contains 7 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Austria (Vienna); United Kingdom (Scotland)