Recap of Flexible Learning by bronwynann

In the workshop this week, Examples of Flexible Learning was the topic under discussion. The schedule for the face to face session started with a recap of the notion of Flexible Learning.  Some of the aspects we discussed are shown in the image. 

We also discussed the meaning of different types of learning such as: eLearning, open learning, self-directed learning, resource-based learning, student-centred learning, distance learning, flexible learning. There are different aspects involved with each type of learning, but they all overlap so really  it is a bit pointless  trying to differentiate between them. For example, student-centred learning and self-directed learning are very similar - learning styles and preferences need to be considered, and there is freedom to choose the way in which learning occurs. eLearning involves learning with media and computers, and resource-based learning in the 21st Century is requiring more and more media to be used for resources, so really it is also a form of eLearning. 

The following questions were used to guide the discussions:
1. Define each type (genre) of learning.
2. Identify some examples of courses or programmes at Otago Polytechnic using these types of learning.
3. Which dimensions of flexibility are present in each of your examples?
  • Use the seven-stage continuum of flexibility.This is on page 11 of the reading by Casey & Wilson (2005).
4. What could be done to improve flexibility of the examples?
  • Use the flexibility grid? 
All the instructions for this work are described in Activity Three for this week's topic -  Examples of Flexible Learning.

To hear a different perspective and listen to Sarah Stewart's presentation and discussion with the virtual class, you may like to access the Examples of Flexible Learning - web conference recording 17 March 2011. It is very interesting listening. There is a group discussion around the five dimensions of flexibility, and Sarah provides us with a range of different examples from her experience as an online facilitator. For example, issues relating to time and working flexibly were discussed.


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