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New partners in learning: An effective teaching and learning framework for offshore students

Eileen Thompson
Business School, The University of Western Australia
Providing offshore programs presents some different challenges to those encountered in a traditional learning environment for both academics and associated professional support. The authors (an academic, an instructional designer and a librarian) examined the issues of offshore teaching and learning from their multiple perspectives in order to provide a framework to facilitate the development of an offshore program in the areas of economics and commerce. Issues included the impact of culture on learning, varying student needs and capabilities, teacher perspectives, structure and design of learning materials, and the delivery of appropriate and equivalent library services.

This paper seeks to provide some guidance to those who are endeavouring to establish a teaching and learning framework for offshore programs based on our experience. The paper highlights the need to provide a sound pedagogical basis for offshore teaching and learning, describes the development of our teaching and learning guidelines, and outlines particular issues that need to be considered in developing an offshore program.

Please cite as: Thompson, E. (2003). New partners in learning: An effective teaching and learning framework for offshore students. 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/thompson-abs.html


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