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Teaching and learning online for the first time: Student and coordinator perspectives

Lauren Breen
School of Psychology, Edith Cowan University
In recent years the higher education sector has experienced a move toward flexible delivery of units and courses. As a result, online delivery methods are increasingly common, yet there is a dearth of research that has evaluated their success. This paper describes students' and unit coordinator's views and reflections about teaching and learning online for the first time. Using an action learning approach, views were ascertained through a focus group, messages posted on the online discussion boards, and coordinator reflections. The results indicate that the current online design of the introductory psychology unit does little to actively engage students in the learning process. This is due to the large student cohort and lack of ongoing support for the unit coordinator. Transformation rather than adaptation of material to the online environment is required. In the current higher education environment, it is recommended that a combined approach (online and face to face learning) be taken for teaching large undergraduate classes.
Please cite as: Breen, L. (2003). Teaching and learning online for the first time: Student and coordinator perspectives. In Partners in Learning. Proceedings of the 12th Annual Teaching Learning Forum, 11-12 February 2003. Perth: Edith Cowan University. http://lsn.curtin.edu.au/tlf/tlf2003/abstracts/breen-abs.html

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