Providing a flexible learner-centred programme: challenges for educators

Sarah Catharine Cornelius, Carole Agnes Gordon

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This paper presents a case study of the implementation of a flexible learner-centred programme of study which blends face-to-face and online learning. The programme was developed to be flexible in terms of content and study strategies, whilst remaining within more rigid organisational structures and processes. This paper outlines the programme and presents the model developed for flexible content delivery. The programme has been delivered simultaneously by five tutors to six groups of learners. Tutors drew on varying personal experiences of flexible and online teaming and this paper also presents the results of an investigation to explore their experiences of facilitation. The findings provide a unique insight into the implications of such a programme for educators. Data were gathered using methods to promote and structure reflections on practice. Issues of relevance for others considering the development of flexible learner-centred programmes of study are presented. (C) 2007 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)33-41
Number of pages8
JournalThe Internet and Higher Education
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2008


  • Flexible learning
  • Learner-centred learning
  • Reflective practice
  • Tutor role
  • Online learning


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