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Flexible learning at the Graduate School of Business

Carmel Moynihan, Richard Ladyshewsky, Elliot Wood and Jodie Wood
Curtin University of Technology
This demonstration of teaching will profile the Graduate School of Business's approach to flexible learning at Curtin University of Technology. The implementation of this approach was supported by seed monies from the Office of Teaching and Learning and its 'LEAP' initiative. Flexible learning is an approach that enables students to select a mode of instruction that best meets their work and lifestyle demands. Students have the choice of selecting face to face, intensive or mixed mode instruction. Face to face instruction is the usual weekly class room style of teaching where an instructor leads the class over the course of a trimester. Intensive instruction is similar to face to face except that the unit is delivered over the course of a week or some other intensive model. Mixed mode makes use of the Internet and specific learning software, in this case LearningSpace,which is an IBM product. The majority of learning and interaction takes place through the web with students accessing unit information, scholarly material, on line assessments and quizzes and asynchronous discussions through the web based learning portal seven days a week, 24 hours a day. Scheduled face to face components may still be part of a mixed mode unit, however, these are used strategically to address unique learning events that are best dealt with in a classroom setting. The bulk of learning interaction in mixed mode occurs through the web.

The demonstration will profile the Graduate School of Business Flexible Learning Website [http://www.gsb.curtin.edu.au/flexiblelearning/]. This is the learning portal through which students and staff enter the environment. The site houses all aspects of the flexible learning system and is the first point of entry for students and staff. Administrative and support options are available through this portal. Entry points to the various online units is also through this portal. This demonstration will illustrate one unit, Organisational Behaviour 550. Through LearningSpace as the platform, participants in this session will have an opportunity to see how learners can experience a pedagogically sound learning experience through the Internet. The unit template and associated unit materials will be illustrated, demonstrating how the Internet, internal University resources and the software platform itself can be used to design high level, interactive educational experiences for students' data.

Contact person: Carmel Moynihan, Senior Lecturer, Graduate School of Business, Curtin University of Technology. moynihac@gsb.curtin.edu.au

Presentation format: Demonstration of teaching

Please cite as: Moynihan, C., Ladyshewsky, R, Wood, E. and Wood, J. (2002). Flexible learning at the Graduate School of Business. In Focusing on the Student. Proceedings of the 11th Annual Teaching Learning Forum, 5-6 February 2002. Perth: Edith Cowan University. http://lsn.curtin.edu.au/tlf/tlf2002/abstracts/moynihan-abs.html

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