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The Bumpy Road of Collaborative Innovation in Online Delivery: How to Negotiate it?

By Bill Atweh, Paul G. Shield and Meredith M. Godat


The authors were involved in the development, implementation and evaluation of an e-learning based postgraduate unit in the Faculty of Education. The development and delivery took place within the On Line Teaching (OLT) environment at the Queensland University of Technology. One of the main features of the unit is the integration of face-to-face and on-line tutorials that allowed the simultaneous participation by on-campus and external students. The barriers and obstacles encountered from planning, through design to delivery have been documented and critically examined. The obstacles and barriers can be mapped in a problem space bounded by time constraints, level of expertise, resource limitations and paucity of support. Based on this mapping it could be argued the current affordances of the OLT environment and the configuration of the Media Equipped Lecture Theatres (MELTS) and Computer Equipped Classrooms (CECS) may need to be more flexible to allow for this type of development, delivery and pedagogy. Keyword

Topics: online teaching, external studies, hybrid learning, research methods, course design, open learning, distance education, Bill Atweh
Year: 2005
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