Distance learners: connected, mobile and resourceful individuals

Andrews, Trish and Tynan, Belinda (2012) Distance learners: connected, mobile and resourceful individuals. Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, 28 4: 565-579.

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Author Andrews, Trish
Tynan, Belinda
Title Distance learners: connected, mobile and resourceful individuals
Journal name Australasian Journal of Educational Technology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1449-3098
Publication date 2012-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status File (Publisher version)
Volume 28
Issue 4
Start page 565
End page 579
Total pages 15
Place of publication Figtree, NSW, Australia
Publisher A S C I L I T E
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Abstract In recent years the student experience of higher education in general and distance education in particular has been strongly influenced by the wide scale uptake of Internet based learning approaches and an expanding distance education market, 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 distance student’s voice in relation to these trends and developing appropriate responses to ensure a satisfactory learning experience is of critical importance. This paper reports on a recently completed study that explored the distance learners’ experience at one dual-mode Australian institution. The paper outlines a rationale for investigating the student voice to meet the unique needs of the distance learner. It describes the approaches that were adopted to undertake the research and discusses some of the main themes that emerged from the study - individualness, connectedness, quality, mobility, and resourcefulness. The paper concludes with considerations for policy and practice in relation to utilising the distance learners’ voice in enhancing distance leaners’ experiences.
Keyword Higher-education
Distance education
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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