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Challenges for this place or any place: student preferences for lecture ‘places’ in a blended learning environment


Tarr, J and Farrington, S and Pittaway, J and Bird, M-L and Hoffman, K and Douglas, T and Beh, C-L, Challenges for this place or any place: student preferences for lecture places' in a blended learning environment, Learning for Life and Work in a Complex World: Proceedings of the 38th HERDSA Annual International Conference, 6-9 July 2015, Melbourne, Australia, pp. 446-458. ISBN 978-0-908557-96-7 (2015) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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With advances in technology, students now have a choice of ‘learning places’ that enables them to "be connected to a community of learners anytime and anywhere without being time, place or situation bound" (Garrison & Kanuka, 2004). Our institution places significant emphasis on learner choice, whilst demanding high impact, quality and equity of experience, regardless of the choices made (Brown, Kregor & Williams, 2013). We surveyed our students, across four geographically dispersed campuses, to find out why they make the choices they do about where they learn, in an effort to understand how we can best meet their needs without being overwhelmed by the complexity of offering and maintaining multiple modes of delivery. This paper reports demographic factors that, for the 124 respondents, were associated with mode usage and explores the thinking of students around their choice of learning 'place’, identifying key pedagogical and pragmatic themes that were evident in the reasons they gave for the choices they made. The findings provide a complex picture, but our learners readily identified the elements of their preferred mode that 'fitted' with their learning needs at a particular time and in their particular circumstances. We discuss the challenge to us to increase quality and equity by ensuring that the elements students value most in each mode are maintained and enhanced, but are also extended to those who choose to engage via other modes.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:blended learning, online learning, equity
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Education systems
Research Field:Higher education
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Teaching and curriculum
Objective Field:Teaching and instruction technologies
UTAS Author:Tarr, J (Mrs Janine Tarr)
UTAS Author:Farrington, S (Ms Sally Farrington)
UTAS Author:Pittaway, J (Ms Jane Pittaway)
UTAS Author:Bird, M-L (Dr Marie-Louise Bird)
UTAS Author:Hoffman, K (Ms Kylie Hoffman)
UTAS Author:Douglas, T (Ms Tracy Douglas)
UTAS Author:Beh, C-L (Dr Chin- Liang Beh)
ID Code:102244
Year Published:2015
Deposited By:Health Sciences
Deposited On:2015-08-06
Last Modified:2018-03-23

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