Acknowledging another face in the virtual crowd: Reimagining the online experience in higher education through an online pedagogy of care

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Burke, Katie and Larmar, Stephen. 2021. "Acknowledging another face in the virtual crowd: Reimagining the online experience in higher education through an online pedagogy of care." Journal of Further and Higher Education. 45 (5), pp. 601-615. https://doi.org/10.1080/0309877X.2020.1804536
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Acknowledging another face in the virtual crowd: Reimagining the online experience in higher education through an online pedagogy of care

ERA Journal ID19330
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsBurke, Katie (Author) and Larmar, Stephen (Author)
Journal TitleJournal of Further and Higher Education
Journal Citation45 (5), pp. 601-615
Number of Pages15
Year2021
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
ISSN0013-1326
0309-877X
1469-9486
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/0309877X.2020.1804536
Web Address (URL)https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/0309877X.2020.1804536
Abstract

With the rapid expansion of online learning as a dominant pedagogical approach in higher education, significant research has been undertaken to explore the impacts of internet-based technologies to promote student engagement. Current advances in online learning have fostered innovative, and often nuanced approaches to teaching and learning that have the potential to promote rich and potentially transformative learning outcomes for higher education students. However, there is a growing body of evidence that clearly highlights that online learning may have a deleterious impact on a student’s sense of connection, leading to experiences of isolation and disempowerment. Such experiences call for an ongoing reimagination of the online teaching space to ensure that students maintain a strong sense of identity within their virtual educational community. This paper emphasises an approach to online learning that serves to foster positive engagement across the student lifecycle. Using Nell Noddings’ framework of Moral Education, we engaged in the process of critical reflection on our own teaching over time, using student data to support analyses.

KeywordsHigher education; online learning; e-learning; online pedagogy; care in education; student experience
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020390199. Curriculum and pedagogy not elsewhere classified
390303. Higher education
390499. Specialist studies in education not elsewhere classified
399999. Other education not elsewhere classified
Byline AffiliationsFaculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
Griffith University
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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