Why the Student Voice? The Case for Investigating the Learners’ Experience of ICT in Distance Education
Trish Andrews, Belinda Tynan, University of New England, Australia
Global Learn, in Penang, Malaysia ISBN 978-1-880094-79-2 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE)
In recent years the student experience of higher education in general and distance education in particular has been strongly influenced by the uptake of internet based learning approaches, internationalisation and an expanding distance education market across borders amongst many other trends. As competition within the sector increases because of access to the WWW and other in-country socio-political influences, the push to attract and retain students is becoming a key issue for institutions. Understanding the student’s voice in relation to these trends and developing appropriate responses to ensure a satisfactory learning experience is becoming of critical importance. This paper reports on a work in progress. It discusses some of the trends influencing students’ learning in our increasingly borderless world and outlines a rationale for investigating the student voice to meet the unique needs of the distance learner. It describes approaches that will be adopted by a consortia of Australian distance education providers to undertake this work.
Andrews, T. & Tynan, B. (2010). Why the Student Voice? The Case for Investigating the Learners’ Experience of ICT in Distance Education. In Z. Abas, I. Jung & J. Luca (Eds.), Proceedings of Global Learn Asia Pacific 2010--Global Conference on Learning and Technology (pp. 999-1004). Penang, Malaysia: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
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