Finding and mending potholes in the laneways connecting higher education institutions with their part-time e-tutors: Virtual learning communities fostering organisational learning

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Cleary, Kaye. 2007. "Finding and mending potholes in the laneways connecting higher education institutions with their part-time e-tutors: Virtual learning communities fostering organisational learning." Mark, Rob (ed.) 37th Annual SCUTREA Conference (SCUTREA 2007): 'Researching Adult Learning Communities and Partnerships in the Local and Global Context'. Belfast, Ireland 03 - 05 Jul 2007 Belfast: Ireland.
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Finding and mending potholes in the laneways connecting higher education institutions with their part-time e-tutors: Virtual learning communities fostering organisational learning

Presentation TypePaper
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AuthorCleary, Kaye
EditorsMark, Rob
Journal or Proceedings TitleResearching Adult Learning Communities and Partnerships in the Local and Global Context
Number of Pages10
Year2007
Place of PublicationBelfast: Ireland
Conference/Event37th Annual SCUTREA Conference (SCUTREA 2007): 'Researching Adult Learning Communities and Partnerships in the Local and Global Context'
Event Details
37th Annual SCUTREA Conference (SCUTREA 2007): 'Researching Adult Learning Communities and Partnerships in the Local and Global Context'
Event Date
03 to end of 05 Jul 2007
Event Location
Belfast, Ireland
Abstract

This paper reveals the experience part-time e-tutors when a mid-sized regional Australian university first offered online programs. Potholes and laneways are metaphors to highlight the fragility of linkages when institutions rely on those outside their core staff for the success of new enterprises. The study examines the interface between part-time (sessional) e-tutors and the variety of institutional units they must work with through the structure of a learning community. The investigation illustrates how institutional policies and procedures established for the status quo may place these e-tutors in unanticipated and uncomfortable situations.

Keywordsacademic staff attitudes, computer mediated communication, distance education, part pime academic staff, learning communities
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020390399. Education systems not elsewhere classified
390307. Teacher education and professional development of educators
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Byline AffiliationsFaculty of Education
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