Flying under the radar: the importance of small scale E-learning innovation within large-scale institutional e-learning implementation

Kirkup, Gill (2009). Flying under the radar: the importance of small scale E-learning innovation within large-scale institutional e-learning implementation. In: Stansfield, Mark and Connolly, Thomas eds. Institutional Transformation through Best Practices in Virtual Campus Development: Advancing E-Learning Policies. Hershey PA: IGI Global, pp. 81–94.

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This chapter argues that e-learning innovation is best done in an environment that allows for small scale experimentation and development and that this can be made more difficult in an environment that prioritises large scale e-learning systems (i.e., virtual learning environments and content management systems). These larger systems tend to function more as systems for the control and regulation of knowledge production and management, as well as being very resource hungry. The chapter discusses e-learning activities in the Open University (UK), in particular those of the MA in Online and Distance Education programme in the Institute of Educational Technology. This is a case study of e-learning innovation in what has been described as an industrial production model of university education.

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