Image: Exterior of building, Otago Polytechnic campus 2005

This week we are taking a look at Flexible learning in educational organisations. The weekly face-to-face session is on in H614 - 1200 to 1300 - when we will take a look at the relevant aspects of the Otago Polytechnic Charter and Profile and discuss the importance of organisational support for flexible learning. An online version of the session will run on Wednesday 23 September 7.30-8.30 pm on Elluminate. I hope you can make one of these times.

In this topic you will explore and justify the strategies for the development of flexible learning environments.

Estimated time: one week - 14 to 20 September 2009.

To do

1. Listen to or read the article: Annand, D. (2007). Re-organizing Universities for the Information Age. The International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, Vol 8, (3), 1-9.
2. Locate your educational organisation's strategic plan, charter or profile (or equivalent). It is usually a public document with mission statements, aims and objectives, and performance indicators.
3. Highlight statements that refer to or relate to flexible learning.
4. Write to your blog a critique of the online presentation of Otago Polytechnic's Chief Executive, Phil Ker talking about how his organisation is approaching flexible learning development. Alternative audio files available here.
5. Interview a colleague you know who has experience in developing flexible learning, and find out from them how they have developed flexible learning options in their practice. Post that interview to your blog.
6. Watch these two TV adds for Kaplan University and consider their motivations for marketing themselves this way:


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