Flexible Pedagogy, Flexible Practice

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Flexible Pedagogy, Flexible Practice

Flexibility has become a watchword in modern education, but its implementation is by no means a straightforward matter. Flexible Pedagogy, Flexible Practice sheds light on the often taken-for-granted assumptions that inform daily practice and examines the institutional dynamics that help and hinder efforts toward flexibility. The collection in international in scope, drawing on the experience of specialists in distance education from North America, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand, South Africa, Singapore, and Japan. Contributors to the volume were asked to reflect candidly and critically on a series of questions, including: What precisely is flexible learning? Who or what is driving the flexibility agenda, and for whose benefit? And who or what is resisting it? What challenges must be overcome in order to achieve flexibility, and what are some of the compromises it can entail?

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Cover 1
Contents 6
Foreword 10
Introduction: Why Look at Flexibility? 14
ONE: CLARIFYING THE CONCEPT 28
Introduction 30
1 Flexibility in the Twenty-First Century: The Challenge of Web 2.0 32
2 Students’ Perceptions: Flexing Pedagogy and Practice 42
3 Structured Flexible Learning: Making Informed Design Choices 54
TWO: IDENTIFYING DRIVING AND RESTRAINING FORCES 64
Introduction 66
4 Flexible Distance Education for Social Transformation 68
5 Politics, Pedagogy, and Productivity as Drivers of Flexible Learning 80
6 Cultural Perceptions of Flexibility in Asian Higher Education 92
7 Openness and Flexibility in New Zealand: Victories and Challenges 106
THREE: SURVIVING THE SWAMPS OF EVERYDAY PRACTICE 120
Introduction 122
8 Before the Fall: Breaking Rules and Changing Minds 124
9 Implementing an Online System: Voices of Experience 140
10 Adding Flexibility to Higher Education Using OERS: Lessons from the Open University 152
11 From “Here” to “There”: The Rocky Road to Flexibility 162
12 Where Has the Effort Gone?: The Quest to Sustain Momentum 174
13 An Elephant’s Lifetime, the Patience of Job 188
14 The Garden of Learning Delights: The Librarian’s Tale 200
15 Reflecting on Swamp Life 212
16 Mapping the Driving and Restraining Forces on Flexibility in Higher Education 224
FOUR: ADMITTING COMPROMISES 240
Introduction 242
17 The Fog of Flexibility: The Riskiness of Flexible Post-secondary Education in Australia 244
18 Flexing Costs and Reflecting on Methods 256
19 “Which Is to Be Master”?: Reflections on Ethical Decision Making 270
FIVE: VOICING CONTRARIAN OPINIONS 284
Introduction 286
20 The Paradoxes of Flexible Learning 288
21 Transformational Technologies: Exploring Myths and Realities 298
22 “Plenty of Saps” 312
23 What Happens in the Stretch to Flexibility? 326
Conclusion: The Challenge of Weaving Principles with Practice 340
C 356
B 356
A 356
Index 356
D 357
E 357
F 357
M 358
L 358
K 358
J 358
I 358
H 358
G 358
S 359
R 359
Q 359
P 359
O 359
N 359
T 360
U 360
V 360
W 361
Z 361