If a picture is worth a thousand words, how do you value a thousand memories?

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Todhunter, Barrie. 2012. "If a picture is worth a thousand words, how do you value a thousand memories? " 2012 Regional Development: Connectedness, Business and Learning: Creating Sustainable Communities Workshop. Brisbane, Australia 20 Jun 2012 Toowoomba, Australia.
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If a picture is worth a thousand words, how do you value a thousand memories?

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AuthorTodhunter, Barrie
Journal or Proceedings TitleRegional Development: Connectedness, Business and Learning
Number of Pages10
Year2012
Place of PublicationToowoomba, Australia
ISBN9780987218810
Conference/Event2012 Regional Development: Connectedness, Business and Learning: Creating Sustainable Communities Workshop
Event Details
2012 Regional Development: Connectedness, Business and Learning: Creating Sustainable Communities Workshop
Event Date
20 Jun 2012
Event Location
Brisbane, Australia
Abstract

This article examines characteristics and circumstances of postgraduate coursework students who tend to fly under the radar of university support systems and who often experience considerable difficulty in making a successful transition to postgraduate study. The case study described illustrates many of the issues facing postgraduate students studying at a distance, as well as the benefits of a flexible and blended learning model where such issues are addressed through opportunities to experience a face-to-face learning environment as a component of their studies. Problems arise for many students because they have either not undertaken university study for some time, or as is becoming increasingly common, have never studied at university at all. Either way, such students struggle to understand the learning objectives and expected outcomes of postgraduate study and to demonstrate the skills expected of graduates of such programs. They also are frequently unable to access academic support services because, as mature-aged learners, they predominantly study part-time in off-campus mode. For universities, these problems will be exacerbated by the recent introduction of the new Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) and the expectations of agencies that administer the AQF that graduates will demonstrate achievement of designated threshold learning outcomes.

To explore these issues, this paper examines an academic program model that tries to overcome the problems identified above by combining principles of open learning, flexible learning, distance education and block teaching mode. The findings suggest that an empirical study needs to be undertaken to explore problems of off-campus study for postgraduate coursework students and to determine under what circumstances it may provide optimal learning outcomes.

Keywordspostgraduate study; open learning; flexible learning; intensive workshop; block mode; higher education research
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020390404. Educational counselling
390301. Continuing and community education
359999. Other commerce, management, tourism and services not elsewhere classified
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Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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