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Advancing e-learning policy and practice : influences on academics’ adoption, integration and development of multimodal e-learning courses

Birch, Dawn P. & Burnett, Bruce M. (2009) Advancing e-learning policy and practice : influences on academics’ adoption, integration and development of multimodal e-learning courses. In Stansfield, Mark & Connolly, Thomas (Eds.) Institutional Transformation through Best Practices in Virtual Campus Development: Advancing E-Learning Policies. Information Science Reference (IGI Global), New York, pp. 65-80.

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Tertiary education is increasingly a contested space where advances in Information Communications Technologies and their application to technology-mediated e-learning environments have forced university administrators and educators to dislocate themselves from traditional correspondence modes of student engagement. Compounding this paradigmatic shift within the traditional sphere of distance education pedagogy are multiple and conflicting pressures on academics to develop flexible, engaging, cost-effective and sustainable interactive learning resources that incorporate both multimedia and hypermedia. This chapter reports on a study that examined factors that influence educators’ decision to adopt and integrate educational technology and convert traditional print-based distance education materials into interactive multimodal e-learning formats. Although the broader study was conducted in a single Australian university and investigated pedagogical, institutional and individual factors, this chapter restricts its focus to solely the pedagogical motivations and concerns of educators. It is argued that findings from the study have significance at the institutional level, particularly in terms of developing an underlying pedagogical rationale that can permeate the e-learning culture throughout the university, while at the same time, providing a roadmap for educators who are yet to fully engage with the e-learning format.

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ID Code: 28180
Item Type: Book Chapter
Keywords: Learning Mangement Systems, interactive multimodal e-learning, Blended Learning, HERN
ISBN: 9781605663586
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Educational Technology and Computing (130306)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Higher Education (130103)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Past > Schools > School of Cultural & Language Studies in Education
Copyright Owner: http://www.igi-global.com/reference/details.asp?id=33409
Deposited On: 26 Oct 2009 01:44
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:57

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