Learning and Teaching Effectiveness in the Digital Age: A Case Study from a Pacific Tertiary Education Provider

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Livingstone, Kerwin (2014)
  • Publisher: Journal Of Business Management & Social Sciences Research
  • Journal: Journal Of Business Management & Social Sciences Research (issn: 2319-5614, eissn: 2319-5614)
  • Subject: e-learning, online programme, online education, technology-based education, higher education, student learning diversity | Social Sciences; Department of Education
    acm: ComputingMilieux_COMPUTERSANDEDUCATION

The last few decades have seen the dramatic increase in online education in different parts of the world, at different universities. Such a change has been necessitated due to the changing scenes in tertiary learning and teaching, the need to offer students more meaningful options, and the need to embrace student learning diversity. Technology-based education, rightly designed and implemented, provides students with sound educational experiences. The aim of this study is to give a panoramic view of how an online programme is run at one of New Zealands Polytechnics, the Open Polytechnic. With this information, all current and prospective online facilitators would be able to improve their pedagogical practices so that their virtual classrooms are highly interactive and engaging, to the extent that the students will gain significant educational experiences. To this end, an introduction to the subject matter is given. A background to the research is also presented. The methodology used to obtain and analyse information is delineated. The strengths and weaknesses of the online programme have been identified and subsequently discussed, with a view to understanding what makes for a quality online programme. From all the data collected and analysed, conclusions are drawn in reference to what needs to be done to improve the learning and teaching quality of the online programme studied.
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