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Innovations in distance learning in maritime business education: Experiences from the Australian Maritime College


Pateman, H and Chen, S and Cahoon, S, Innovations in distance learning in maritime business education: Experiences from the Australian Maritime College, Places and Spaces: Proceedings of the Teaching Matters 2014 Conference, 2-3 December 2014, Launceston, Tasmania, pp. 37-45. (2014) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]


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The paper explores the role of innovation in distance learning in maritime business education, using the Department of Maritime and Logistics Management (MLM) in the Australian Maritime College (AMC) as a case study. Besides reviewing the evolving literature on distance education, adult pedagogy, and learning and teaching online, this paper details MLM’s experience of delivering distance education over the last 25 years to a world-wide undergraduate and postgraduate student cohort. In particular, the current learning and teaching approaches and the influence of technology on the learning environment are explained, as well as investigating future challenges in delivering distance education.

With students from every continent, distance education from MLM provides access to learning for these geographically remote students, with the unit coordinator located in a different place and often time zone from the student. Over time, the method of delivering distance education has evolved. Initially it was delivered by a traditional approach, with print materials being posted through the mail to learners. Nowadays electronic media is being more widely incorporated, such as individual and group communication via web conferencing and provision of supplementary resources including lecture materials, audio and video files to deliver e-Learning through the use of technology.

The paper concludes with an explanation of the lessons learnt from the blended learning experience and the current challenges facing both students and lecturing staff. MLM’s future strategic direction towards innovative learning and teaching in delivering distance education is also discussed. In essence, the paper argues that the continual innovative use of technology will be necessary for the further development and enhancement of MLM’s successful distance learning program.

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Item Type:Non Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:Distance learning, technology, innovation, maritime business
Research Division:Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Research Group:Transportation, logistics and supply chains
Research Field:Transportation, logistics and supply chains not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Transport
Objective Group:Water transport
Objective Field:International sea freight transport (excl. live animals, food products and liquefied gas)
UTAS Author:Pateman, H (Dr Hilary Pateman)
UTAS Author:Chen, S (Associate Professor Peggy Chen)
UTAS Author:Cahoon, S (Associate Professor Stephen Cahoon)
ID Code:98440
Year Published:2014
Deposited By:Maritime and Logistics Management
Deposited On:2015-02-16
Last Modified:2016-02-09
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