New shores: preliminary observations from a proof-of-concept project to define and design a student-centred approach to study mode selection

John Bevacqua, Meg Colasante

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Abstract

Contemporary higher education providers require students to choose between on-campus, online, or hybrid ‘blended’ study modes. Education providers predetermine which study mode/s are available for each course. Even in ‘blended’ offerings, education providers pre-determine the mix of on-campus and online study activities all students must complete. This paper focusses on the multi-faceted challenges of defining, designing and trialling a new student-centric ‘StudyFlex’ mode of study at La Trobe University and the genesis and rationale behind that initiative. StudyFlex does away with predetermined bright line distinctions between online, blended and on-campus offerings and empowers students, within the context of a single course or subject offering, to self-select and adjust their preferred study mode pathway throughout their studies. Specifically, in this paper, the focus is on the curriculum design and development challenges of ensuring equivalent learning quality experiences for all students, whilst at the same time accommodating a multitude of bespoke student-selected study mode pathways within a single course or subject offering. As a primer for further research, the authors also flag the additional polycentric regulatory and administrative challenges posed by innovations such as the StudyFlex trial and the attempts to reach new student-centric shores which such initiatives represent.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationOpen Oceans: Learning without borders
Subtitle of host publication35th International Conference of Innovation, Practice and Research in the Use of Educational Technologies in Tertiary Education
EditorsMalcolm Campbell, Julie Willems, Chie Adachi, Damian Blake, Iain Doherty, Siva Krishnan, Susie Macfarlane, Leanne Ngo, Marcus O'Donnell, Stuart Palmer, Lynn Riddell, Ian Story, Harsh Suri, Joanna Tai
Place of PublicationAustralia
PublisherAustralasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education (ASCILITE)
Pages309-313
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes
EventAnnual Conference of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education 2018 - Deakin University, Geelong, Australia
Duration: 25 Nov 201828 Nov 2018
Conference number: 35th

Conference

ConferenceAnnual Conference of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education 2018
Abbreviated titleASCILITE 2018
CountryAustralia
CityGeelong
Period25/11/1828/11/18

Keywords

  • Digital learning
  • Flexible study mode
  • Higher education
  • Innovation
  • Student-centred

Cite this

Bevacqua, J., & Colasante, M. (2018). New shores: preliminary observations from a proof-of-concept project to define and design a student-centred approach to study mode selection. In M. Campbell, J. Willems, C. Adachi, D. Blake, I. Doherty, S. Krishnan, S. Macfarlane, L. Ngo, M. O'Donnell, S. Palmer, L. Riddell, I. Story, H. Suri, & J. Tai (Eds.), Open Oceans: Learning without borders: 35th International Conference of Innovation, Practice and Research in the Use of Educational Technologies in Tertiary Education (pp. 309-313). Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education (ASCILITE). http://2018conference.ascilite.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/ASCILITE-2018-Proceedings-Final.pdf