Document Type

Conference Proceeding


Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education


Faculty of Community Services, Education and Social Sciences


School of Communications and Multimedia




This is an Author's Accepted Manuscript of: Oliver, R. G., Harper, B., & Agostinho, S. (2001). Developing generic tools for use in flexible learning: a preliminary progress report. Proceedings of 18th Conference of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education. (pp. 253-62). Melbourne, VIC. ASCILITE. Available here


This paper presents a description of the Australian University Teaching Committee (AUTC) funded project titled: "Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) and Their Role in Flexible Learning" that aims to provide opportunities for university teachers to create high quality flexible learning experiences for students. This is to be accomplished by the development of a range of software tools and templates based on previously successful ICT-based learning projects in a form that will enable teachers in other settings and subject areas to create similar learning environments for their students. The project is a two-year endeavor and began in November 2000. The purpose of this paper is to describe the expectations and outcomes of the project and to give an update of what has been achieved so far. Following an introduction, the first section summarizes the aim of the project. The second section describes project structure. The third section covers development of the Evaluation and Redevelopment Framework (ERF), including characteristics of high quality learning (engaging learners, acknowledging context, challenging learners, and involving practice) and developing the ERF instrumentation. The fourth section discusses the next stage of the project.

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