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Using the Perceptions of Online University Students to Improve the Pedagogy and Practice of Distance Educators: Them Helping Us to Improve IT
This conference paper was originally published as: Bolton, D., Northcote, M., Kilgour, P., & Hinze, J. (2017). Using the perceptions of online university students to improve the pedagogy and practice of distance educators: Them helping us to improve IT. In H. Partridge, K. Davis, & J. Thomas (Eds.), Me, Us, IT!. Paper presented at the 34th International Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education (ASCILITE) Conference, University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba, 4-6 December (pp. 181-190). Tugun, Australia: ASCILITE. Retrieved from http://2017conference.ascilite.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/ASCILITE-2017-Proceeding.pdf
  • David Bolton, West Chester University of Pennsylvania
  • Maria T Northcote, Avondale College of Higher Education
  • Peter W Kilgour, Avondale College of Higher Education
  • Jason Hinze, Avondale College of Higher Education
Author Faculty (Discipline)
Education
Document Type
Conference Proceeding
Publication Date
12-1-2017
Disciplines
Reportable Items
E1
Abstract

This paper reports on the findings of an investigation into the experiences of undergraduate and postgraduate distance education students from one higher education institution, Avondale College of Higher Education. All of the institution's current students who were enrolled in a distance course or who had previously completed a distance component of their course were surveyed using an online questionnaire. A subgroup of this population also contributed to focus group discussions. Findings from an analysis of the combined data gathered from the online questionnaire and the focus groups were used to inform the institution's professional development (PD) program that supports lecturers to design and teach online courses. Results of the study are outlined in terms of distance students' perceptions about the institution's distance education program, specifically in relation to course structure, interaction and communication, presentation of materials, use of media and design consistency. The paper concludes with recommendations for addressing the weakness of online learning programs including both curriculum design and PD strategies.

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Bolton, D., Northcote, M., Kilgour, P., & Hinze, J. (2017). Using the perceptions of online university students to improve the pedagogy and practice of distance educators: Them helping us to improve IT. In H. Partridge, K. Davis, & J. Thomas (Eds.), Me, Us, IT!. Paper presented at the 34th International Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education (ASCILITE) Conference, University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba, 4-6 December (pp. 181-190). Tugun, Australia: ASCILITE. Retrieved from http://2017conference.ascilite.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/ASCILITE-2017-Proceeding.pdf