Lights, camera, action: Gathering experiences of first time distance learners

Mark Brown, Helen Hughes, Natasha Hard, Michael Keppell, Sandi Shillington, Elizabeth Smith

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    This paper reports research in progress which investigates the experiences of first-time distance learners with a strong phenomenological dimension. It takes place against a backdrop of challenges facing distance education in Australasia in which issues of recruitment, attrition (retention) and completion rates have come into sharp relief. This study will go beyond the current literature by producing a set of research-led deliverables that will enhance the supports and services available for first-time distance learners. The project is framed by an audit of initiatives designed to enhance the success of distance learners at two Australasian universities. The primary investigation gathered reflective video diaries from 20 first-time distance learners during Semester 2, 2011. The paper describes the methodological challenges of collecting learner stories through video and shares some of the preliminary qualitative data from this phase of the study.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education (ASCILITE 2015)
    Place of PublicationTasmania
    PublisherUniversity of Tasmania
    Number of pages6
    ISBN (Electronic)9781862956445
    Publication statusPublished - 2011
    EventASCILITE 2011: 28th International Conference on Innovation, Practice and Research in the Use of Educational Technologies in Tertiary Education - Wrest Point, Hobart, Australia
    Duration: 04 Dec 201107 Dec 2011


    ConferenceASCILITE 2011
    Abbreviated titleChanging demands, changing directions
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