Teaching and learning with technology as enabler: a case study on flexible learning for postgraduate nurses

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dc.contributor.advisor Nicola North en
dc.contributor.advisor Cathy Gunn en
dc.contributor.author Honey, Michelle Lorraine Lewis en
dc.date.accessioned 2008-02-27T22:25:52Z en
dc.date.available 2008-02-27T22:25:52Z en
dc.date.issued 2007 en
dc.identifier.citation Thesis (PhD--Nursing)--University of Auckland, 2007. en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2292/2383 en
dc.description.abstract The aim of this study was to explore the practice of flexible learning for postgraduate nurses. Flexible learning is a contemporary approach to learning that utilises the benefits of technology. Flexible learning can be understood as a continuum, from fully on-line or web-based courses, to those that are on-campus and supported by technology. Internationally, the rise of flexible learning has been influenced by increased demand for higher education and competition among providers within the context of reduced education funding. The study population, New Zealand postgraduate nurses are accessing higher education in increasing numbers to advance their practice and to position themselves for new roles and opportunities. These are often experienced nurses yet inexperienced in higher university education, who combine study, work and other commitments. The study employed a qualitative case study design because it enabled multiple perspectives to be gained. Data included documentation, participant observation, survey, students’ assessed work and interviews with key stakeholders: student, teacher and the organisation. Data collection and analysis occurred simultaneously as an iterative process. Thematic analysis was conducted on reviewed documentation, participant observation and interviews. The survey was analysed using descriptive statistical analysis techniques. Finally, a rubric was constructed as a matrix for analysing assessed work. The study identifies the elements that contribute to flexible learning and the interconnectedness between the elements within the dynamic context of a university to illustrate that effective flexible learning can be provided by using a student centred approach to ensure the learning needs of postgraduate nurses are met. Flexible learning was found to improve access, choice, and provide an emphasis on the student as central to learning. In response to these findings the weighting of recommendations are toward the organisation as it is at this level where greater change can be made to improve support for flexible learning provision. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher ResearchSpace@Auckland en
dc.relation.ispartof PhD Thesis - University of Auckland en
dc.relation.isreferencedby UoA1784502 en
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dc.subject Nursing education en
dc.subject flexible learning en
dc.title Teaching and learning with technology as enabler: a case study on flexible learning for postgraduate nurses en
dc.type Thesis en
thesis.degree.discipline Nursing en
thesis.degree.grantor The University of Auckland en
thesis.degree.level Doctoral en
thesis.degree.name PhD en
dc.subject.marsden Fields of Research::320000 Medical and Health Sciences::321100 Nursing en
dc.rights.holder Copyright: The author en
pubs.local.anzsrc 11 - Medical and Health Sciences en
pubs.org-id Faculty of Medical & Hlth Sci en

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