Title

Beyond blended learning: a case study of institutional change at an Australian regional university

Document Type

Article

Publication details

Taylor, JA & Newton, D 2013, 'Beyond blended learning: a case study of institutional change at an Australian regional university', The Internet and Higher Eduation, vol. 18, pp. 54-60.

Published version available from:

http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.iheduc.2012.10.003

Peer Reviewed

Peer-Reviewed

Abstract

Higher education institutions that teach both on-campus and at a distance are challenged to provide all students with equitable access to learning. While the concept of blending or converging learning environments supported by technology and Internet use is common in Australian universities, institution wide implementation is rarer. This paper provides a case study of an Australian regional university that investigated institutional processes and teaching and learning approaches that would facilitate diverse students' equitable access to learning. This investigation identified facilitators and barriers to systemic implementation of blended learning. It was found that as teaching and learning environments are socially dynamic, strategic institutional change will only happen if there is a shared vision and energy that touches all parts of an organisation.