At the COAL FACE: a guide to active learning in multi-campus, multi-modal and distributed learning environments

Buchan, Janet, Wicking, Kristin, Smithson, John, and Birks, Melanie (2015) At the COAL FACE: a guide to active learning in multi-campus, multi-modal and distributed learning environments. James Cook University, Townsville, QLD, Australia.

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Abstract

The major deliverable of the project has been the development of the Guide. At the COAL FACE: A Guide to active learning in a multi-campus, multi-modal and distributed learning environments. The Guide provides practical strategies to guide the design of active learning experiences in complex, multi-campus and distributed university learning environments. The title of the Guide describes the aspirational purpose that grounded the OLT Extension Grant project to address the needs of regional Australian learners. The aim of the COAL FACE project was to research and develop active learning strategies that would enable the development of Communities of Active Learners that are Flexible, Adaptive, Connected and Engaged.

Research Statement

Research Background This Guide provides practical strategies to guide the design of active learning experiences in complex, multi-campus and distributed university learning environments. The title of the Guide describes the aspirational purpose that grounded a project to address the needs of regional Australian learners. The aim of the COAL FACE was to develop Communities of Active Learners that are Flexible, Adaptive, Connected and Engaged. The COAL FACE Project was funded by an OLT Extension Grant that built on the Spaces for Knowledge Generation (SKG) Project (Souter et al., 2011). seven principles of learning space design.
Research Contribution The COAL FACE research sought to understand the student learning experience in the diverse learning spaces - physical and virtual (online) - that make up the learning environment in a multi-campus regional university. The solutions to improving the student experience which emerged from the data, lay in three key areas. Firstly, identifying the basic needs of the learners. These are the 3G ESSENTIALS (see Section 2). Secondly, creating the learning environment. This process is supported by applying the COAL FACE Principles. Finally, employing active learning strategies and blended learning experiences. These are described in the Case Studies from the COAL FACE. Introduction The unique contribution this work makes is to get educators to focus holistically on creating the student learning environment from within a complex, multi-campus learning environment. The COAL FACE Principles for Creating Distributed Learning Environments are a key outcome from this research and are described later in the Guide and illustrated through case studies.
Item ID: 37650
Item Type: Book (Teaching Material)
ISBN: 978-0-9941500-6-6
Keywords: learning spaces, blended learning, videoconference, distributed learning environments, active learning, nursing, students
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Funders: Office of Learning & Teaching (OLT), James Cook University (JCU)
Projects and Grants: OLT Extension Grant 2013
Date Deposited: 05 May 2015 02:43
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