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Student workload: a case study of its significance, evaluation and management at the Open University

Whitelock, Denise; Thorpe, Mary and Galley, Rebecca (2015). Student workload: a case study of its significance, evaluation and management at the Open University. Distance Education, 36(2) pp. 161–176.

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Distance students are time poor and some drop out of their studies because they fall behind with coursework. This raises the issue of how course teams decide upon how many study hours should be included in a course. This article presents a number of Open University projects that have addressed student workload management and relates how learning design has incorporated these findings into advice for new module development. Moreover, the article also discusses how recent automatic feedback systems can motivate and support time-poor students when writing their assignments. This is an important finding as drop-out can occur when students are unable to devote the necessary time to their summative assessments and drop out of the learning process.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2015 Open and Distance Learning Association of Australia, Inc.
ISSN: 1475-0198
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Not SetEP/J005231/1EPSRC
Keywords: assignment feedback; learning design; pedagogy; student-focused approaches; student workload; study time
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
Learning and Teaching Innovation (LTI) > Institute of Educational Technology (IET)
Learning and Teaching Innovation (LTI)
Other Departments > Other Departments
Other Departments
Research Group: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Item ID: 43756
Depositing User: Denise Whitelock
Date Deposited: 20 Jul 2015 08:44
Last Modified: 06 Jun 2019 23:17
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