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Teaching at a distance in a digital age: perspectives from the Philippines

Arinto, Patricia B. (2013) Teaching at a distance in a digital age: perspectives from the Philippines. PhD thesis, Institute of Education, University of London.

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Abstract

This qualitative study examines the pedagogical perspectives and priorities underpinning the course design practices of 10 academics engaged in 'open and distance e-learning' (ODeL) at a small single-mode distance education (DE) institution in the Philippines. It also looks at the impact of teaching with Web technologies on course design practices, and its implications for faculty development. The study found that these academics' use of Web tools and resources relates to the importance that they give to independent learning and collaborative learning. However, the study also found that academics hold orientations to teaching and learning with Web technologies that do not necessarily conform with the extremes identified in the literature. Rather than subscribing to either an independent learning approach or a collaborative learning approach, which are presented in some studies and theoretical discussions as opposing approaches underpinned by contrasting orientations to learning, some teachers adopt different pedagogical approaches for different learning contexts, and/or they attempt to balance seemingly oppositional pedagogical approaches. This flexibility comes from their having multiple orientations to learning, which develops from an awareness of the need to take into account, and address tensions among, a range of design factors, including the diversity of learners, disciplinary contexts, and curricular goals. This flexibility in design practice may also be understood as a manifestation of the convergence of an open learning philosophy, distance education pedagogies, and e-learning technologies. Based on these findings, an ODeL teaching skills framework is proposed as part of a holistic and integrated faculty development programme in ODeL. Also outlined are some strategic directions for policy development and organisational restructuring for effective ODeL implementation.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Additional Information: Thesis: (EdD) University of London Institute of Education, 2013.
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Date Deposited: 29 Oct 2014 10:56
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