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Transforming distance education curricula through distributive leadership

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Author(s): Mike Keppell | Carolyn O`Dwyer | Betsy Lyon | Merilyn Childs

Journal: Research in Learning Technology
ISSN 2156-7069

Volume: 18;
Issue: 3;
Date: 2011;
Original page

Keywords: flexible and blended learning | distributive leadership | design-based research | fellowships | transformative change | transformative learning

ABSTRACT
This paper examines a core leadership strategy for transforming learning and teaching in distance education through flexible and blended learning. It focuses on a project centred on distributive leadership that involves collaboration, shared purpose, responsibility and recognition of leadership irrespective of role or position within an organisation. Distributive leadership was a core principle in facilitating the transformation of learning and teaching through a Teaching Fellowship Scheme that empowered leaders across a regional distance education university. In parallel, a design-based research project analysed the perceptions of the Teaching Fellows in relation to blended learning, time/space, peer learning, innovation and equity issues in relation to distance education.
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