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Wide Open Listening: What is it really like to be a distance student?


Rush, P, Wide Open Listening: What is it really like to be a distance student?, 'Rhetoric or Reality: Critical Perspectives on Educational Technology' - Ascilite Conference 2014 Conference, 23-26 November 2014, Dunedin New Zealand, pp. 1-11. (2014) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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In 2013, Student Learning and Academic Development (SLAD) at The University of Tasmania (UTAS) surveyed distance students as part of the development of online learning support. One goal was to hear direct from UTAS distance students themselves, to discover what it is like to be a distance student: to uncover any commonalities, both negative and positive, in the experiences of distance and online students in general. Results suggest that a large portion of UTAS distance students feel isolated and see the primary benefits of this mode as serving a practical or necessary function, rather than being attractive in its own right. A comparably high number struggle with resources and feel unconsidered or overlooked. A reasonably high number struggle with balancing other life commitments and with the autonomy or self-reliance required to manage distance study. Thus this research provides evidence identifying key gaps between rhetoric and reality regarding distance education.

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Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:distance education, experience, isolation, connection, flexibility
Research Division:Philosophy and Religious Studies
Research Group:Philosophy
Research Field:Logic
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in philosophy and religious studies
UTAS Author:Rush, P (Dr Penelope Rush)
ID Code:100806
Year Published:2014
Deposited By:School of Humanities
Deposited On:2015-05-29
Last Modified:2018-03-19

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