Flexible learning/Resources

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Material in the Bill Robertson library, Dunedin is available for participants formally enrolled in the course. Other participants can access their local tertiary institution library. If an item is not available in your local library, you can request an interloan.


"Open and distance education is now widespread, not just in the open universities of the world, but in all education and training sectors, from traditional campus universities to corporate training centers.With contributions from some of the world's leading practitioners in the field, this book draws together contemporary experience in the application of technology to distributed learning. It will be a valuable guide to all those implementing web-based learning. It provides a thought provoking appraisal of the strategies and processes for managing change in open and distance learning and offers a progressive vision for all those involved in this widespread discipline."

Journals and conference proceedings


  • Australian Educational Computing. This is the refereed journal of the ACCE (Australian Council for Computers in Education) and is published twice a year.
  • Evaluation issue of the Australian Journal of Educational Technology (AJET) has lots of evaluation articles. (2002). Vol 18(2).
  • AJET homepage with access to all the online journal articles.
  • Education-line is an archive of bibliographies and full-text, online reports. It is a joint project of the British Education Index and a consortium of British professional educational associations.
  • The European Journal of Open and Distance Learning (EURODL). "An online journal on distance and e-learning, publishes the accounts of research, development and teaching for Europe in its most inclusive definition, exploring the potential of electronic publishing. Furthermore, EURODL presents scholarly work and solid information about open, distance and e-learning, education through telematics, multimedia, on-line learning and co-operation."

Conference proceedings

  • Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education (ASCILITE) has an annual conference and online proceedings.

"It is a society for those involved in tertiary computer-based education and training, including educational interactive multimedia. It provides a forum to stimulate discussion of relevant issues in the educational use of technology, as well as promoting research and evaluation."



Material for evaluation of flexible learning

Here are more evaluation resources.

Assessing online discussions

The following material was used in the presentation called: Pros and cons of assessing on-line discussions (2009) by Bronwyn Hegarty. (Watch this space for a link to the presentation with audio.)

  • Anderson, T. (2008).(Ed.) (2nd edn).The theory and practice of online learning. Edmonton, Canada: AU Press, Athabasca University. http://cde.athabascau.ca/online_book/
  • Booth, R., Clayton, B., Hartcher, R., Hungar, S., Hyde, P. & Wilson, P. (2003). The development of quality online assessment in vocational education and training, Vol1. Kensington Park, Australia: NCVER. http://www.ncver.edu.au
  • Ho, S. (2002). Evaluating Students' Participation In On-line Discussions. AusWeb02, the Eighth Australian World Wide Web Conference, Queensland. http://ausweb.scu.edu.au/aw02/papers/refereed/ho/paper.html