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Academic and pastoral teams working in partnership to support distance learning students according to curriculum area

Hilliam, Rachel and Williams, Gareth (2019). Academic and pastoral teams working in partnership to support distance learning students according to curriculum area. Higher Education Pedagogies, 4(1) pp. 32–40.

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DOI (Digital Object Identifier) Link: https://doi.org/10.1080/23752696.2019.1606674
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Abstract

The Open University has provided distance learning opportunities for 50 years and succeeds in offering its students many of the attributes of flexible learning. This article is a case study of the development of a highly successful partnership model of academic and pastoral support in mathematics and statistics at The Open University, and its application to flexible learning. The model involved reciprocal governance structures and equal status in the making of curriculum related decisions. The model is illustrated by three examples throughout the student learning journey before, during and after study. The partnership model is applicable regardless of the curriculum area; hence the article is relevant to all disciplines. Equally, although the model was developed in the context of distance learning, its ethos remains relevant in the face-to-face context, all the more so given the prevalence of flexible learning and the growing number of distance learning courses being offered at traditional Higher Education Institutions across the sector.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2019 The Authors
ISSN: 2375-2696
Keywords: OU; Open University; School of Mathematics and Statistics; SST; Student Support Team; VLE; Virtual Learning Environment
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Mathematics and Statistics
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Item ID: 60875
Depositing User: Rachel Hilliam
Date Deposited: 02 May 2019 09:58
Last Modified: 05 Jun 2019 09:22
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/60875
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