University-wide transformation underpinned by an innovative online learning model

Judith O'Connell, Barney Dalgarno, Lindy Croft-Piggin, Timothy Klapdor, Carole Hunter, Julie Lindsay, James Purkis

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Charles Sturt University (CSU), Australia’s largest university provider of Online Education is implementing a new Online Learning Model to address student demand for connected learning experiences that harness the affordances of online and mobile technologies. The u!magine digital learning innovation laboratory is leading this institution wide quality enhancement initiative supported by a team of 20 designers and developers.

The Online Learning Model consists of a set of elements designed to increase student engagement, retention and overall satisfaction. The model builds on Moore’s (1989) model which incorporates learner-teacher, learner-learner and learner-content interaction and which has been argued to be central to student engagement in a distance or online learning context (Wallace, 2003; Yates, 2014). The model broadens Moore’s notion of interactivity to one of engagement and adds learner-community engagement as a key component of professional courses, as well as learner-institution engagement to ensure a connected student experience. This then leads to five categories of student engagement: learner-teacher engagement, learner-learner engagement, learner-content engagement, learner-community engagement, and learner-institution engagement.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2017
EventOpen and Distance Learning Association of Australia Conference: ODLAA 2017 - Novotel Melbourne on Collins, Melbourne, Australia
Duration: 05 Feb 201707 Feb 2017 (Conference website)


ConferenceOpen and Distance Learning Association of Australia Conference
Abbreviated titleExpanding Horizons in Open and Distance Learning
OtherThe ODLAA Conference Organising Committee warmly invites submissions to its 2017 conference on the theme of: ‘Expanding Horizons in Open & Distance Learning’. This theme allows participants to explore and discuss the possibilities for innovation, openness and community in the ever-changing and expanding world of Open, Distance and Flexible Learning. We are seeking submissions which explore new ideas; provide case studies or examples of great practice; and/or report on quality research in the field. We encourage submissions from practitioners and researchers engaged in all arenas of Open and Distance Learning: formal and informal education; higher education; vocational education; primary and secondary education; adult and continuing education; industry; policy & government. Submissions should relate to the broad theme of Expanding Horizons and address one of the conference sub-themes: openness, community, innovation.
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