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The gap between policy and reality : should universities move course materials fully online?

conference contribution
posted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 by Jo-Anne Luck, Dolene Rossi, Maureen Chapman
Central Queensland University (CQU) is progressing toward a policy whereby all course materials will only be available online from 2013. The assumption by decision-makers within CQU is that current and potential students are comfortable enough with the use of technology that they will accept all their course materials being delivered online. This paper reports on a study which investigated university students’ and potential university students’ expectations of online learning. Analysis of the responses determined that there is a disconnect between the expectations of current and potential students and the policy direction that CQU has decided to embrace with respect to moving all course materials online. Pedagogical issues are examined and suggestions are provided on how to address those issues. Given the desire to match policy and reality this study outlines some of the new roles for instructors and learners that are needed to reduce the transactional distance in an increasingly online higher education environment.

History

Start Page

678

End Page

687

Number of Pages

10

Start Date

01/01/2012

Finish Date

01/01/2012

ISBN-13

9781880094952

Location

Denver, Colorado

Publisher

Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE)

Place of Publication

Chesapeake, VA

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

External Author Affiliations

Faculty of Arts, Business, Informatics and Education; Learning and Teaching Education Research Centre (LTERC);

Era Eligible

Yes

Name of Conference

World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications n (24th :