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Turning the ship around while changing horses in mid-stream: Building a University-wide framework for Online and Blended Learning at the University of Canberra PROCEEDINGS

, University of Canberra, Australia

E-Learn: World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education, in Vancouver, Canada ISBN 978-1-880094-76-1 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA

Abstract

This paper surveys and evaluates the process of building an institution-wide framework for online and blended learning at the University of Canberra, Australia. This process is linked to the simultaneous introduction of a new semester structure, with a third Winter Intensive Term (WIT), sandwiched between the two ‘normal’ semesters. WIT teaching begins mid-2010, but organisational change and pedagogical restructuring have been in train since early 2008. With a lead-up time of two years, the change is, and will be, rapid, and it has already impacted on staff at all levels. It also takes place against other wide and deep changes to Australian tertiary education. Despite that however, strong staff and student morale has been maintained throughout the process. As educational institutions throughout the world now embark on similar programs, the University of Canberra experience is shared here to help in steering between the pitfalls.

Citation

Battye, G. (2009). Turning the ship around while changing horses in mid-stream: Building a University-wide framework for Online and Blended Learning at the University of Canberra. In T. Bastiaens, J. Dron & C. Xin (Eds.), Proceedings of E-Learn 2009--World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education (pp. 3442-3448). Vancouver, Canada: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved November 14, 2018 from .

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