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Managing institutional change through distributive leadership approaches: Engaging academics and teaching support staff in blended and flexible learning.
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History of the Project

Initial Proposition

The project began with a proposition (February 2010) - that DL approaches provided a successful strategy for fostering change. We made the following statement related to the aim of the research: This research aims to build knowledge and understanding of the impact of distributive leadership (DL) approaches to transforming teaching and learning in relation to blended, flexible and open education at Charles Sturt University and Massey University during 2011-2012. We aimed to support this proposition through case studies.

From proposition to research question

However, as the project progressed, field work combined with further conceptual work and writing of the case studies, lead the research team to move away from a proposition about DL, to a question about learning leadership. This shift was informed by the fact that a number of the cases we chose were "top down" in origin (the CSUEDucational Conferences, the Teaching Fellowship Scheme, virtual learning environments like an ePortfolios or "Stream" - MU) but were successful because they fostered authentic, learning leadership through activity as well as through positional learning leadership. Whilst DL was useful as a framework for understanding those cases that were developed as DL strategies, it was not entirely useful for understanding those case studies of strategies developed through positional learning leadership, or the social realities of complex university change that engage different kinds of learning leadership operating in the same time-space continuum. In November 2011 we clarified the usefulness of the research as a means whereby we might understand more about the strategies and activities that both institutions used directly and indirectly (as exemplified through the cases) to foster learning leadership - including DL approaches - that limiting our understanding of learning leadership through one approach (DL).

By November 2011, the research team affirmed the following research question: What do the strategies and activities developed at CSU and Massey (to foster change in BFL, open and DE) help us to understand about learning leadership?

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Ethics Approval CSU

Charles Sturt University’s Ethics in Human Research Committee has approved this project. The protocol number issued with respect to this project is 2011/087. If you have any complaints or reservations about the ethical conduct of this project, you may contact the Committee through the Executive Officer, Ethics in Human Research Committee, Academic Secretariat, Charles Sturt University , Private Mail Bag 29, Bathurst NSW 2795, Tel: (02) 6338 4628, Fax: (02) 6338 4194. Any issues you raise will be treated in confidence and investigated fully and you will be informed of the outcome.

Interim Progress Report (June 2011)


Interim Progress Report (September 2011)


Interim Progress Report (December 2011)


Examples of Secondary data


Websites: Stream, CSUED, CSUED Archives

Readings and Resources

The Flexible Learning Institute is in the process of developing readings and resources using Delicious.