Transforming distance education curricula through distributive leadership

  • Mike Keppell
  • Carolyn O`Dwyer
  • Betsy Lyon
  • Merilyn Childs
Keywords: flexible and blended learning, distributive leadership, design-based research, fellowships, transformative change, transformative learning


This paper examines a core leadership strategy for transforming learning and teaching in distance education through flexible and blended learning. It focuses on a project centred on distributive leadership that involves collaboration, shared purpose, responsibility and recognition of leadership irrespective of role or position within an organisation. Distributive leadership was a core principle in facilitating the transformation of learning and teaching through a Teaching Fellowship Scheme that empowered leaders across a regional distance education university. In parallel, a design-based research project analysed the perceptions of the Teaching Fellows in relation to blended learning, time/space, peer learning, innovation and equity issues in relation to distance education.

Keywords: flexible and blended learning; distributive leadership; design-based research; fellowships; transformative change; transformative learning

DOI: 10.1080/09687769.2010.529112


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Keppell M., O`Dwyer C., Lyon B., & Childs M. (2010). Transforming distance education curricula through distributive leadership. Research in Learning Technology, 18(3). Retrieved from
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