Space-place shifts: is the digital space a learning place for commencing students?
Space-place shifts: is the digital space a learning
|Journal or Proceedings Title
|Proceedings of the 36th Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia Annual Conference (HERDSA 2013)
|36, pp. 279-289
|Number of Pages
|Place of Publication
|Web Address (URL) of Paper
|36th Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia Conference (HERDSA 2013)
36th Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia Conference (HERDSA 2013)
Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia Annual Conference
01 to end of 04 Jul 2013
Auckland, New Zealand
This paper explores a shift generated by one of the change factors impacting on the Australian higher education sector: the increasing implementation of technological engagement and elearning. The paper documents a case study investigating whether the digital space can constitute a place for learning for commencing students. The case study focuses on a first year core course, Building Professional Nursing Attributes A, offered as part of the Nursing Program at the University of Southern Queensland. In 2012 the course moved from an on campus to an online mode. The paper documents the design, development, delivery and evaluation of its conversion to online delivery. The paper also positions these pedagogical decisions and their outcomes in practice against the wider change forces driving both the higher education sector and students’ university experience. The case study’s findings show that although there are sceptics, principally among the course’s diverse cohort of students, as well as initial tensions, its digital space is a place where commencing students can begin to empower themselves; a place where they can learn to contemplate, converse, reflect, and create and disseminate knowledge as they make their transition to the new university space.
|digital learning, first year experience, student diversity
|ANZSRC Field of Research 2020
|390102. Curriculum and pedagogy theory and development
Refereed papers from the 36th HERDSA Annual International Conference, 1–4 July 2013, AUT University, Auckland, New Zealand. Copyright © 2013 HERDSA and the authors.
|School of Arts and Communication
|Institution of Origin
|University of Southern Queensland
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