Modelling organisational factors affecting the development of e-learning in a university using a cybernetics approach

Britain, Sandy, Liber, Oleg, Perry, Sharon and Rees, Wynne (2007) Modelling organisational factors affecting the development of e-learning in a university using a cybernetics approach. Journal of Sociocybernetics, 5 (1/2). pp. 6-22. ISSN 1607-8667

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Abstract

The recent emergence of internet-enabled software tools to support e-learning has prompted many UK universities to begin to attempt to integrate auch Virtual Learning Environments (VLEs) into their teaching. It is generally recognised that to be effective in an institutional context, VLEs need to be joined up to existing information and administration systems. In this paper we argue from a cybernetics perspective that in addition to the technical demands of this task, there are a wide variety of organisational, social and political factors associated with the way a university is structured, the dynamics of its internal operation and its recent history that present a significant risk of project failure of they are not given sufficient recognition and appropriate strategies for change put in place. The challenges can usefully be addressed from a cybernetics perspective. The remainder of this paper describes an approach to modelling an institution's socio-techncial systems using a combination of the Viable System Model, drawn from management cybernetics and action research techniques.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: e-Learning, cybernetics, modeling
Divisions: University of Bolton Research Centres > Institute for Educational Cybernetics
University of Bolton Research Centres > Institute for Educational Cybernetics
Depositing User: Scott Wilson
Date Deposited: 26 Nov 2013 12:50
Last Modified: 03 Mar 2014 11:53
URI: http://ubir.bolton.ac.uk/id/eprint/285

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