Sunday, November 24, 2013

dehub: Distance and Online Learning Network

dehub operates under the sponsorship of the University of New England (UNE, located in Armidale, NSW, Australia) as a research initiative specializing in promotion of scholarship for innovation in online and distance learning (ODL). Since its establishment, dehub has strived to be a research and networking centre, connecting different stakeholders, with the aim of promoting and supporting collaboration in ODL research, innovation and other initiatives in education and lifelong learning. dehub’s aim is to inform and influence policy and improve practice in online and distance education based on evidence from national and international research outcomes.

dehub nurtures scholarship in ODL by

  • promoting research activity and outcomes to influence practice and inform decision-making, strategic directions and policy trends
  • evaluating and researching all aspects of e-learning, including policies and legislative frameworks, educational systems and software, quality assurance mechanisms, learner/teacher experiences and practices, and theoretical and pedagogical considerations
  • providing resources and services to support ODE educators
  • maintaining a global network of ODE scholars and other stakeholders

Under a grant from the Diversity and Structural Adjustment Fund awarded to the UNE through the Australian Government Department of industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education (DIISRTE), the DEHub Project originally established a distance education hub in late 2008. In that project (which finished in March 2013), UNE partnered with CQUniversity (CQU), the University of Southern Queensland (USQ), Charles Sturt University (CSU) and Massey University in selected research activities, forming a consortium of Australia and New Zealand’s largest and leading distance education providers.

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