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Critical Exploration of Flexible Delivery (2020)

Isomöttönen, V., Viinikainen, A., & Tirronen, V. (2020). Critical Exploration of Flexible Delivery. In FIE 2020 : Proceedings of the 50th IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference. IEEE. Conference proceedings : Frontiers in Education Conference. https://doi.org/10.1109/FIE44824.2020.9274095

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All authors or editors: Isomöttönen, Ville; Viinikainen, Ari; Tirronen, Ville

Parent publication: FIE 2020 : Proceedings of the 50th IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference


  • Frontiers in Education Conference

Place and date of conference: Uppsala, Sweden, 21.-24.10.2020

ISBN: 978-1-7281-8962-8

eISBN: 9781728189611

Journal or series: Conference proceedings : Frontiers in Education Conference

ISSN: 1539-4565

eISSN: 2377-634X

Publication year: 2020

Publisher: IEEE

Publication country: United States

Publication language: English

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1109/FIE44824.2020.9274095

Publication open access: Other way freely accessible online

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Publication is parallel published (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/73101

Web address where publication is available: https://www.fie2020.org/abstracts-and-papers/


This work-in-progress research article presents an introductory qualitative study on students' perceptions of a flexibly delivered, modular computer science course. Many contemporary approaches to education rely in various ways on flexible delivery of course content. This is often done to capitalize on modern technology and the web, and to put the student ‘in the center.' However, it is becoming manifest that these approaches may challenge both the students and the equity between them, making it important to understand the effects of flexible delivery in terms of the students. In the voice of our students, flexible delivery was seen as a largely positive approach, reducing stress, promoting true learning, and allowing students to better manage their workloads. We also see the effect of the learning environment (teacher, LMS, materials, activities) on a flexible course. Although this qualitative study cannot foreground the extent of typical self-regulation challenges with flexibility, we argue that the observations made precipitate discussion on flexible delivery in curriculum planning from the students' perspective.

Keywords: students; study; learning environment; virtual learning environments; courses (societal objects); resiliency (flexibility); stress (biological phenomena)

Free keywords: education; videos; tools; technological innovation; task analysis; stress; springs

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Reporting Year: 2020

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