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Neo‐liberal higher education policy and its effects on the development of online courses

Daniel Teghe (Central Queensland University, Mackay MC, Queensland, Australia)
Bruce Allen Knight (Central Queensland University, Mackay MC, Queensland, Australia)

Campus-Wide Information Systems

ISSN: 1065-0741

Article publication date: 1 September 2004

Abstract

This paper discusses the managerialist approach to developing and implementing systems for flexible delivery of educational systems in the Australian university sector. Rapid advances in communication technologies have enabled the education sector to provide greater flexibility and diversity in the traditional areas of mixed delivery and distance education. Notes that educational policy is being shaped by neo‐liberal ideology, leading to systems of flexible delivery in which a concern with economic worth and efficiency can override the purpose of such systems. Asserts that, in order to develop effective online flexible learning systems, universities need to plan for, and invest heavily in, adequate programs to train academic staff in all aspects of the delivery of courses in the online flexible learning systems and to provide incentives to academics to become e‐moderators and managers of online flexible learning systems.

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Teghe, D. and Allen Knight, B. (2004), "Neo‐liberal higher education policy and its effects on the development of online courses", Campus-Wide Information Systems, Vol. 21 No. 4, pp. 151-156. https://doi.org/10.1108/10650740410555025

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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