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Belinda Lawrence

Belinda Lawrence Photobelinda.lawrence@postgrad.otago.ac.nz

Qualifications

MA, PGCertTertT, PGDipTertT

Research Title

Individual and environmental factors that influence teaching practice in the New Zealand online and distance learning (ODL) environment.

PhD Start Date

May 2012 (enroled part time, due to complete May 2018)

Research Summary

My thesis investigates the individual and environmental factors that influence teaching practice in the New Zealand online and distance learning (ODL) environment, and explores how these change across context and through time. It focuses on the creation and maintenance of online and distance courses by gathering data from Faculty, Educational Designers and others involved in the course development process. Data has been collected in three stages between January 2014 and July 2016, including interviews and observations of practice, as well as review of publicly available institutional documents. A grounded theory approach is being taken to analyse the data, along with utilisation of the Cultural Historical Activity Theory framework to structure discussion of the findings. It is expected that the findings will be useful to practitioners who are interested in the impact of systems, processes, professional development and teacher experiences on course development in the NZ ODL environment.

Research Interests

I’m interested in the systems, processes and policies that support tertiary teaching online.

Supervisors

Dr Sarah Stein
Mr Russell Butson

Publications