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Flexible Pedagogy, Flexible Practice

Notes from the Trenches of Distance Education

Flexibility has become a watchword in modern education, but its implementation is by no means a straightforward matter. Flexible Pedagogy, Flexible Practice sheds light on the often taken-for-granted assumptions that inform daily practice and examines the institutional dynamics that help and hinder efforts towards flexibility. The collection is international in scope, drawing on the experience of specialists in distance education from North America, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand, South Africa, Singapore, and Japan.

Table of Contents

Foreword / Frits Pannekoek

Introduction: Why Look at Flexibility?  - Elizabeth Burge

ONE › Clarifying the Concept


1 › Flexibility in the Twenty-First Century: The Challenge of Web 2.0 - Denise Kirkpatrick

2 › Students’ Perceptions: Flexing Pedagogy and Practice - Julie Willems

3 › Structured Flexible Learning: Making Informed Design Choices - Der-Thanq Chen, Rose Liang, and Yu-mei Wang

TWO › Identifying Driving and Restraining Forces


4 › Flexible Distance Education for Social Transformation - Milly Daweti and Jean Mitchell

5 › Politics, Pedagogy, and Productivity as Drivers of Flexible Learning - Cathy Gunn

6 › Cultural Perceptions of Flexibility in Asian Higher Education - Colin Latchem and Insung Jung

7 › Openness and Flexibility in New Zealand: Victories and Challenges - Mary Simpson and Bill Anderson

THREE › Surviving the Swamps of Everyday Practice


8 › Before the Fall: Breaking Rules and Changing Minds - Darcy W. Hardy

9 › Implementing an Online System: Voices of Experience - Andrew Higgins and Mark Northover

10 › Adding Flexibility to Higher Education Using OERs: Lessons from the Open University - Andy Lane

11 › From “Here” to “There”: The Rocky Road to Flexibility - Kay MacKeogh and Seamus Fox

12 › Where Has the Ef

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