Innovation in university computer-facilitated learning systems: product, workplace experience and the organisation
AuthorFritze, Paul A.
AffiliationScience: Department of Information Systems
Faculty of Education, Language and Community Services
Document TypePhD thesis
CitationsFritze, P. A. (2003). Innovation in university computer-facilitated learning systems: product, workplace experience and the organisation. PhD thesis, Faculty of Education, Language and Community Services, RMIT.
Access StatusOpen Access
© 2003 Dr. Paul A. Fritze
This thesis reports on the development of a generic online system to support learning and teaching at the University of Melbourne. New online technologies, the fostering of innovation at national and university levels and my position within a central educational unit provided the opportunity in 1996 to adapt a previous software package for online use. My observations of the problematic nature of computer-facilitated learning (CFL) production led me to take an open approach to the development, seeking both a practical product and enhanced understanding. A series of formative questions defined the scope and goals of the study, which were to: *produce a generic online learning system; *increase understanding of the workplace experience of that development; and *develop an organisational model for the further development of generic CFL systems. Given this multi-disciplinary focus, many paradigms in the literature could potentially have guided the study. A number of these aligning with the research purposes, context and constructivist philosophy of the study, were reviewed from the perspectives of learning, CFL development and the organisation.
Keywordsinnovation; diffusion; learning objects; workplace; learning; multimedia; learning system; computer facilitated learning; organisational learning; constructivist; action research; multiple perspectives; grounded theory; collaborative learning
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