Humanizing learning for all: Considerations for large-dcale online design initiatives

Carole Hunter, Louise Hard, Fiona Douglas

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This chapter examines the complexities associated with achieving large scale change in online learning in a way that is humanizing for all stakeholders. Whilst rapid changes in online learning over the past decade have resulted in a more personalized and inclusive learning experience for students, leaders of these initiatives often fail to put in place strategies to ensure the change process itself is a humanizing one for those involved, including academic leaders and educators. Part of the reason for this is arguably the increasing and pragmatic need to achieve outcomes within short timeframes; this is compounded by the diverse skill base, influences and perceptions of individuals involved in changes of this kind. This chapter examines these complexities and offers strategies for humanizing large scale change in online learning following lessons learned from the Online Course Innovation project, a faculty-based initiative to redesign over 280 subjects in a two-and-a-half-year timeframe.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook of research on humanizing the distance learning experience
EditorsMaria Northcote, Kevin P Gosselin
Place of PublicationHershey PA, USA
PublisherIGI Global
Number of pages22
ISBN (Electronic)9781522509691
ISBN (Print)9781522509684
Publication statusPublished - 2016

Publication series

NameAdvances in Educational Technologies and Instructional Design (AETID) Book


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