Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Critique of Phil Kerrs discussion on flexible learning

The discussion started with Phil wanting to clear misunderstandings around the concepts of flexible learning. The main reasons or motives for flexible learning were the following:

1) Enable better access to learning therefore engage with more learners
2) Flexible delivery strategies will enhance learner autonomy and independence
3) Cost efficiencies in delivery of information to learners.

The discussion went on to the question " what is flexible learning" which was described as a continuum from teacher centred learning to learner centred learning. The focus that learner centred learning develops better flexibility and control for the learner. Discussions then looked at the variety of ways to implement flexible learning and the nature of blended delivery.

I found the information informative as it was honest in the nature of looking at not only the benefits for both staff and students but also the perpetual process of needing to assess how the blended delivery can work in a positive manner to ensure quality and consistency. It also brought home the need to put time and people aside consistently when developing a flexible programme to keep the flow of information and ideas coming. I have found that my department can work in isolation at times and I wonder whether this isolation is to the detriment of providing a good flexible delivery package. Without regular cohesion of communication I believe time could be wasted for those new to developing these packages. Time wasted on computer techniques or reinventing the wheel could be avoided. Phils own experiences discussed the way that they all got together and made time on a daily basis to go through the process of creating a good programme.