Leading from within: Distributing leadership to enhance eLearning at ACU

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Schneider, Annette, Applebee, Andrelyn and Perry, Joseph. (2008) Leading from within: Distributing leadership to enhance eLearning at ACU. In R. Atkinson and C. McBeath (Ed.). Ascilite 2008 Melbourne; Hello! Where are you in the landscape of educational technology?. Geelong, Australia: Deakin University Press. pp. 895 - 899
AuthorsSchneider, Annette, Applebee, Andrelyn and Perry, Joseph
Abstract

Research on academic leaders of Australian and international higher education institutions has shown how “the broader societal change forces that have unfolded over the past quarter century have generated a set of higher education specific pressures on universities to change, which, in turn, are testing the extent to which these institutions and their leaders are ‘change capable’” (Scott, Coates and Anderson, 2008, p. xiii). Australian Catholic University (ACU) which has six campuses across Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and the Australian Capital Territory, is responding to these change forces in accord with its mission to provide quality teaching, research and service. ACU has focussed on the development of policy, procedures and strategic initiatives related to eLearning. This paper reports on embedding of an initial Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC) project designed “to develop distributed leadership capacity in the pedagogical and evaluative dimensions of online teaching and learning” in which six academic staff members were funded for a new role as Online Advisers (OAs). The paper highlights the leadership learning which has occurred for the OAs, identifies ongoing challenges in terms of distributing leadership in a sustainable way for the enhancement of online teaching and learning (OTL) and offers eight insights and challenges into how such projects can be implemented by like institutions.

Keywordsleadership; eLearning; distributed; online; challenges; change; unknown future
Year2008
PublisherDeakin University Press
Web address (URL)http://www.ascilite.org/conferences/melbourne08/procs/schneider.pdf
Open accessOpen access
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Page range895 - 899
ISBN9780980592702
Research GroupLearning and Teaching Centre
Place of publicationGeelong, Australia
EditorsR. Atkinson and C. McBeath
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