Institute of Teaching and Learning

Dr Dale Holt

Associate Professor Dale Holt

Present position
Associate Director
Institute of Teaching and Learning

Contact details
Campus: Waterfront
Room: D2.141
Tel: (+61) (+3) 522 78183
Fax: (+61) (+3) 522 78129
Email: dale.holt@deakin.edu.au

Qualifications

Bachelor of Commerce (Melb) (1979)
Diploma in Education (1980)
Graduate Diploma in Distance Education (the [then] South Australian College of Advanced Education)(1988)
Doctor of Philosophy (Deakin, Education), Topic: 'The MBA Experience by Distance Education: An Ethnographic Study of a Professional Development Program' (1993)

Professional memberships

Open and Distance Learning Association of Australia (ODLAA)
Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education (ASCILITE)
Editorial Board, Journal of Learning Design, Queensland University of Technology
Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia (HERDSA)

Activities and interests

Educational design projects and interests:

The essence of my educational design work is to help faculty academic teaching staff to achieve their aspirations in developing and operating teaching/learning environments to enhance their students' learning performance and satisfaction (and by definition their own performance and satisfaction as well). These contributions have been made within changing institutional strategic and policy contexts. More recently, these have related to the development of graduate attributes, experiential learning, internationalisation of the curriculum and perhaps always importantly the growing use of educational technologies through commitment to extended and wholly online developments. They have related to the provision of advice on appropriate uses of print and the new digital media; the design and operation of online environments; and pedagogies for effective adult and professional education. Key areas of activity cover:

  • The design and development of courses and units in flexible, open, distance and online modes (e.g. wholly online units);
  • Involvement in significant strategically supported academic professional development initiatives (e.g. ITL Fellowship program, Graduate Certificate in Higher Education, presentations of Deakin Studies Online (DSO) exemplars, ITL professional development website and the Deakin Teaching and Learning Conference);
  • Active participation in national and University strategic teaching and learning innovation projects (e.g. Project Leader, Strategic Teaching and Learning Grant Scheme (STALGS) 2004 project, Deakin Studies Online: Contemporary Online Teaching Cases: http://www.deakin.edu.au/itl/teach-learn/cases/ and involvement in four national ALTC projects);
  • Advice, support and encouragement for faculty academic teaching staff applying for University and national teaching awards (e.g. Deakin's Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC) Coordinator);
  • Based on course and unit design and development work, collaborative research and evaluation on impacts (see below).

Projects

Given my role in central academic development units in educational design and development I have attempted to initiate and respond to research and publication opportunities relating closely to major developments in courses, units and teaching/learning environments. This has seen me work closely with colleagues and faculty academic staff across a broad range of programs, disciplines and fields. My research began in earnest through an ethnographic study of the off-campus MBA experiences from the perspectives of teaching staff and student participants. I was particularly interested in illuminating the relationships between student participants' professional, formal study and personal worlds. The research led me through broad ranging literature in the fields of distance, adult, professional and experiential education. The research also stimulated an enduring interest in understanding organisations from different metaphorical perspectives (organism, culture, political system, flux and transformation) as related to innovation and mainstreaming of educational technologies.

Over time teaching and learning agendas have changed in higher education with the advent of institutional commitments to graduate attributes for lifelong learning, internationalisation and experiential learning, and with these changes have been changes in conceptions of what it means to be an academic teacher, what it means to design and operate effectively in increasingly digitally and online enhanced teaching and learning environments, and what it means for students to learn effectively in these environments. My research with colleagues and faculty staff has attempted to illuminate the nature and impact of these changes from the perspectives of teachers, learners and managers/leaders. Specifically, my collaborative research endeavours have focused on initial developments of flexible learning approaches, the nature and value of experiential learning (both workplace learning and virtual learning) integrated with the academic curriculum, new resource-based approaches to learning at the first year level, and the more recent move into extended and wholly online unit offerings. Centrally, the changing nature of the role, circumstances, needs and aspirations of teachers and learners in contemporary higher education shines through in the various projects undertaken. Major recent research areas include:

  • Best practices in teaching and learning in extended and wholly online environments
  • Joint Project leader, 2007 ALTC project, 'Strategic Leadership for Institutional Teaching and Learning Centres: Developing a Model for the 21st century'
    See completed project website: http://www.deakin.edu.au/itl/research-eval/projects/strat-lead/index.php
  • Project Leader, Deakin's ALTC Promoting Excellence Initiatives (PEI) Project, Development of the College of Distinguished Deakin Educators (CDDE)(2008-2009)
  • Project team member, 2008 ALTC project, 'Building academic staff capacity for using eSimulations in professional education for experience transfer'
    See: http://www.deakin.edu.au/itl/insims/altc-project/index.php
  • Independent evaluator, 2006 ALTC project, 'Educating the Net Generation: Implications for Learning and Teaching in Australian Universities' (University of Melbourne).

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Publications and presentations

Books and chapters

Holt, D.M. (1987), 'Evaluation practice at Deakin University: the role of the Distance Education Unit and issues for further consideration', Higher Level Distance Education: Perspectives for International Cooperation and New Developments in Technology,Proceedings of the Unesco International Consultation on Higher Level Distance Education, held at Deakin University, Victoria, Australia, 6-11 September, pp.209-224.

Holt, D.M., Petzall, S. and Viljoen, J. (1990),'Before...and after: MBA participants' first year experiences of distance learning' in T. D. Evans (ed.), Research In DistanceEducation 1, revised papers from the first Research in Distance Education seminar, Deakin University, 1989, Institute of Distance Education, Deakin University, Geelong, pp.157-79.

Holt, D.M., Northcott, P. H. and Murphy, D. (1994),'Looking ahead: Possible future research directions in continuing professional distance education' in T. D. Evans and D. Murphy (eds), Research in Distance Education 3, revised papers from the third Research in Distance Education seminar, Deakin University, 1993, Deakin University Press, Geelong, pp.163-79.

Holt, D.M., Rice, M., Segrave, S. and Thompson, D. (1997),'The case of the case: the interplay between research and practice on the web' in T. Evans, D. Thompson and V. Jakupec (eds), Research In Distance Education 4, Revised papers from fourth Research in Distance Education conference, Deakin University Press, Deakin University, pp.18-33.

Corbitt, B., Holt, D. and Segrave, S. (2008) Strategic Design for Web-Based Teaching and Learning: Making Corporate Technology Systems Work for the Learning Organisation. In L. A. Tomei (Ed.), Online and Distance Learning: concepts, methodologies, tools, and applications, Pennsylvania: Information Science Reference (IGI Global), pp.905-923.

Holt, D. and Palmer, S. (in print), Quality in flexible, online and distance education at Deakin University: from dual mode to integrated mode practices, in Padhi, N. (ed), Total Quality Management Of Distance Education, Routledge: New York.

Palmer, S., Holt, D. & Farley, A. (in print), Towards new models of flexible education to enhance quality in Australian higher education, in Kennepohl, D. (ed), Teaching Science at a Distance, AU Press: Athabasca.

Articles in journals

Castro, A. and Holt, D. (1985), 'An introduction of the open campus program at Deakin University', ICDE Bulletin, vol.9, September, pp.13-23.

Holt, D.M. (1985), 'Theoretical models of evaluation',Open Campus, no. 11, pp.3-20.

Holt, D.M. (1985), 'Critical issues in evaluating learning material', Open Campus , no.11, pp.21-50.

Northcott, P. H. and Holt, D.M. (1986), 'Professional development programmes for accountants through distance education', Programmed Learning and Educational Technology , vol.23, no.1, pp.41-55.

McCarthy, T. and Holt, D.M. (1987), 'The relevance of distance learning techniques to management education', Professional Administrator , vol.39, no.4, pp.16-20.

Holt, D.M. and Bonnici, J. (1988), 'Learning to manage through open learning: a case study in international collaboration', Programmed Learning and Educational Technology , vol.25, no.3, pp.245-57.

Holt, D.M., Petzall, S. and Viljoen, J. (1990), 'Unleashing the forces: Face-to-face study groups at a distance', Distance Education, vol. 11, no. 1, pp.125-49.

Holt, D.M. , Petzall, s. and Viljoen, J. (1990), 'The MBA experience by distance learning: what MBA participants bring to their studies', Open Learning , vol.5, no.3, pp.16-27.

Viljoen, J., Holt, D.M. and Petzall, S. (1990), 'The MBA experience: participants' entry level conceptions of management',Management Education and Development, vol. 21, Part 1, pp.1-12.

Viljoen, J. Holt, D.M. and Petzall, S. (1991), 'Quality management in an MBA program by distance education', Journal of Distance Education , vol.6, no.2, pp.7-24.

Holt, D.M. (1993), 'Changing conceptions and practices of management: Professional learning from an MBA experience by distance education', Distance Education , vol.14, no.2, pp.232-59.

Holt, D.M. and Thompson, D. J. (1995), 'Responding to the technological imperative: The experience of one open and distance education institution', Distance Education: An International Journal, vol.16, no. 1, pp.43-64.

Thompson, D.J. and Holt, D.M. (1996), 'Tertiary pedagogy encounters the technological imperative', Distance Education: An International Journal , vol.17, no.2, pp.335-54.

Holt, D.M. and Thompson, D.J. (1998), 'Managing information technology in open and distance higher education', Distance Education: An International Journal , vol.19, no.2, pp.197-227.

Rice, M., Owies, D., Campbell, A., Snow, R., Owen, N. and Holt, D.M. (1999)

'V-Lab: A virtual laboratory for teaching introductory concepts and methods of physical fitness and function', Australian Journal of Educational Technology , vol.15, no.2, Winter, pp.188-206.

Electronic version URL: http://cleo.murdoch.edu.au/ajet/ajetis/res/rice.html .

Segrave, S. and Holt, D.M. (2003), 'Contemporary learning environments: designing e-learning for education in the professions', Distance Education: An International Journal , vol. 24, no.1, pp.7-24.

Armatas, C., Holt, D.M. and Rice, M. (2003), 'Impacts of an online-supported resource-based learning environment: Does one size fit all?', Distance Education: An InternationalJournal , vol. 24, no.2, pp.141-158.

Holt, D.M. Rice, M. and Armatas, C. (2003), 'The emergence of an online learning community in first year tertiary studies in psychology', Australian Journal of EducationalTechnology, vol. 19, no.2, pp. 161-75.

Holt, D.M. and Sheehan, M. (2003), 'Designing contemporary learning environments for excellence in public relations education', South Pacific Public Relations Journal , vol.5, no.1, pp.21-33.

Holt, D.M. , Mackay, D. and Smith, R. (2004), 'Developing professional expertise in the knowledge economy: integrating industry-based learning with the academic curriculum in the field of information technology', Asia-Pacific Journal of Cooperative Education , vol. 5, no.2, pp1-11.

Armatas, C., Holt, D.M. and Rice, M. (2004), 'Designing distributed learning environments in support of professional development in the field of psychology', Educational MediaInternational, vol.41, no.4, pp.315-26.

Challis, D., Holt, D.M. and Rice, M. (2005), 'Staff perceptions of the role of technology in experiential learning: A case study from an Australian university', Australasian Journal of Educational Technology (AJET), vol. 21, no. 1, pp.19-39.(http://www.ascilite.org.au/ajet/ajet.html).

Segrave, S., Holt, D.M. and Farmer, J. (2005), 'The power of the 6three model for enhancing capacities for effective online teaching and learning: Benefits, initiatives and future directions', Australasian Journal of Educational Technology (AJET), vol. 21, no. 1, pp.118-35.http://www.ascilite.org.au/ajet/ajet.html.

Outstanding paper award ASCILITE 2004 Conference, Perth.

Mackay, D., Smith, R., Challis, D. and Holt, D.M. (2005). Seeking industry perspectives to enhance experiential learning in university-industry partnerships: Going beyond mere assumptions, Asia-Pacific Journal of Cooperative Education, vol. 7. no.2, pp.1-9.

Corbitt, B., Holt, D.M. and Segrave, S. (2006). Strategic design for web-based teaching and learning: making corporate technology systems work for the learning organisation, International Journal of Web-Based Learning and Teaching Technologies, Vol. 1, No. 4 Oct-Dec 2006, pp15-35, Ideal Group Publishing, 107 E Chocolate Avenue, Suite 200, Hershey, PA.

Holt, D.M. & Challis, D. (2007). From policy to practice: one university's experience of implementing strategic change through wholly online teaching and learning, Australasian Journal of Educational Technology 23(1), 110-31.

Palmer, S., Holt, D. and Bray, S. (2008), Does the discussion help? The impact of a formally assessed online discussion on final student results, British Journal of Educational Technology, v39, n5, pp.847-58.

Palmer, S. and Holt, D. (2009), Staff and student perceptions of an online learning environment - difference and development,Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, v25, n3, pp. 366-381.

Palmer, S. and Holt, D. (2009), Examining student satisfaction with wholly online learning, Journal of Computer Assisted Learning, v25, n2, pp.101-113.

Palmer, S. and Holt, D. (in print), Students' Perceptions of the Value of the Elements of an Online Learning Environment: Looking Back in Moving Forward, Interactive Learning Environments.

Palmer, S., Holt, D., Hall, W. and Ferguson, C. (in print),'An evaluation of an Online Student Portfolio for the Development of Engineering Graduate Attributes', Computer Applications in Engineering Education.

Challis, D., Holt, D. and Palmer, S. (2009), Teaching and Learning Centres: Towards Maturation, Higher Education Research & Development, v28, n4, pp. 371-383.

Palmer, S., Holt, D. & Challis, D. (2010), Australian teaching and learning centres through the eyes of their Directors: characteristics, capacities and constraints, Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management, v32, n2, pp. 159-172.

Published conference papers

Holt, D. and Northcott, P. (1987), 'Open and distance learning programs for managers: implications and trends for the recently discovered species of learners' in A.H. Miller and G. Sachse-Akerlind (Eds).The learner in higher education: A forgotten species? Proceedings of HERDSA Research and Development in Higher Education, vol.9, pp.491-503.

Viljoen, J., Holt, D.M., and Petzall, S. (1988), 'Bridges and barriers: the process of managerial development in MBA students' A paper presented at the Australian and New Zealand Management Educators' (ANZAME) Conference, 4-6 December, Auckland, New Zealand.

Holt, D.M., Rice.M., Smissen, I. and Bowly, J. (2001).'Towards institution-wide online teaching and learning systems: Trends, drivers and issues' in G. Kennedy, M. Keppell, C. McNaught and T. Petrovic, (Eds).Meeting at the Crossroads. Proceedings of the 18th Annual ASCILITE Conference, pp.271-80. The University of Melbourne, Australia.

Holt, D.M., Rice, M. and Armatas, C. (2002), 'Issues arising from an online resource-based learning approach in first year psychology' in A. Williamson, C. Gunn, A. Young and T. Clear (Eds). Winds of change in the sea of learning. Proceedings of the 19th Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education (ASCILITE), vol.1, UNITEC, Auckland, New Zealand, pp.287-298.

Holt, D.M. and Segrave, S. (2003), 'Creating and sustaining quality e-learning environments of enduring value for teachers and learners' in G. Crisp, D. Thiele, I. Scholten, S.Barker, J. Baron (Eds). Interact: Integrate:Impact, 20th Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education (ASCILITE), vol.1, Adelaide, Australia, pp.226-35.

Corbitt, B., Holt, D.M., and Segrave, S. (2004), 'From product centricism to systems-wide education design: making corporate technology systems work for the learning organisation', in The Eighth Pacific-Asia Conference on Information Systems (PACIS), 'Information Systems Adoption and Business Productivity', Shanghai, China, pp.673-86.

Holt, D.M., Barton, G. and Barton, S.M. (2004), 'From the comforts of print to the possibilities of digital media: Leading the way in teaching political leadership in a Faculty of Arts' in R. Atkinson, C. McBeath, D. Jonas-Dwyer and R. Phillips (Eds). Beyond the Comfort zone. Proceedings of the 21st Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education (ASCILITE), vol. 1, Perth, Australia, pp. 403-12.

Segrave, S, Holt, D.M. and Farmer, J. (2004), 'The 6 by the power of 3 model for enhancing academic teachers' capacities for effective online teaching and learning: Benefits, initiatives and future directions' in R. Atkinson, C. McBeath, D. Jonas-Dwyer and R. Phillips (Eds). Beyond the Comfort zone. Proceedings of the 21st Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education (ASCILITE), vol. 2, Perth, Australia, pp. 821-30.

Armatas, C, Holt, D.M. and Rice, M. (2004), 'From online-enhanced to wholly online: Reflections on e-learning developments in psychology in higher education' in R. Atkinson, C. McBeath, D. Jonas-Dwyer and R. Phillips (Eds). Beyond the Comfort zone. Proceedings of the 21st Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education (ASCILITE), vol.1 , Perth, Australia, pp. 78-87.

Holt, D.M., Borland, R., Farmer, J., Rice, M. and Mulready, P. (2005), 'Casing out teaching and learning online: enhancing fidelity into the mainstream', Balance, Fidelity, Mobility: Maintaining the Momentum? The 22nd Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education (ASCILITE), Brisbane, pp.261-70.

Armatas, C., Holt, D.M. and Rice, M. (2005), 'Balancing the possibilities for mobile technologies in higher education', Balance, Fidelity, Mobility: Maintaining the Momentum? The 22nd Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education (ASCILITE), Brisbane, pp.27-35.

Holt, D.M. & Farley, A. (2005). Designing contemporary e-supported professional development environments to enhance teaching and learning. ED-MEDIA 2006 World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications, 26-30 June, Orlando, Florida, USA, pp.159-65.

Holt, D., Smissen, I. & Segrave, S. (2006). New students, new learning, new environments in higher education: Literacies in the digital age. In L. Markauskaite, P. Goodyear, & P. Reimann (Eds), Who's learning? Whose technology? : Proceedings of the 23rd ASCILITE Conference (pp 327-337). Sydney, Australia, 3-6 December, pp.327-37. http://www.ascilite.org.au/conferences/sydney06/

Palmer, S. and Holt, D. (2007), Moving a unit online - a quantitative evaluation of student responses, 24th Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education, Singapore.

Palmer, S., Holt, D. and Bray S. (2008), 'The learning outcomes of an online reflective journal in engineering', 25th Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education, Melbourne.
Palmer, S., Holt, D., Hall, W. and Ferguson, C. (2008), 'An Online Student Portfolio for the Development and Assessment of Engineering Graduate Attributes', 12th International Computer Assisted Assessment Conference, Loughborough.

Palmer, S. and Holt, D. (2009), Online learning environments: same place; different demographic space?, 26th Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education, Auckland.

Reviews

Holt, D.M. (1992), review of publication entitled, Perspectives on Distance Education: Report on a Round Table on Training Distance Educators, Open Learning , vol.7, no.2, pp.66-8.

Conference papers

Northcott, P., Livingstone, H., Graham, R. and Holt, D.(1985), 'Flexible distance learning management programmes: the Deakin Strathclyde experience', paper presented at the 13th World Conference of the ICDE, Melbourne, August.

Holt, D.M., Petzall, S. and Viljoen, J. (1989),'Before...and after: participants' first year experiences of Deakin University's MBA by distance learning' A paper presented at the Research in Distance Education Seminar, Deakin University, 22-23 November.

Holt, D.M. and Bigelow, A. (1996), 'Using integrated computer training technology to solve problems in higher education', Education Victoria'96, 9-14 September, Melbourne, Exhibition Centre.

Segrave, S. and Holt, D.M. (1999), 'Leading and managing innovative online teaching and learning projects', Open, Flexible andDistance Learning: Challenges of the New Millennium, Collected papers from the 14th Biennial Forum of the Open and Distance Learning Association of Australia, Deakin University and Gordon Institute of TAFE , 27-30 September, Waterfront campus, Deakin University, pp.449-56.

Holt, D.M., Mackay, D. and Smith, R. (2003), 'Educating for professional capability in the field of information technology: integrating industry-based learning with the academic curriculum', Paper presented at Conference of World Association of Cooperative Education (WACE), Towards a Knowledge Society Integrating Learning and Work, Rotterdam, Netherlands.

Rice, M., Holt, D.M. and Fermelis, J. (2003), 'Issues arising from the implementation of a comprehensive assessment approach in a large, multi-modal Bachelor of Commerce unit', paper presented at Evaluations and Assessment Conference a commitment to quality, hosted by the University of South Australia, on behalf of the Australian Technology Network universities, Adelaide, South Australia.

Mackay, D., Smith, R., Challis, D. and Holt, D.M. (2005),'Beyond assumptions: Seeking industry perspectives to enhance experiential education in university-industry partnerships', Paper submitted for presentation at Conference of World Association of Cooperative Education (WACE), Global Workforce Development: Defining, Developing,and Managing, Boston, Massachusetts.

Palmer, S., White, R. and Holt, D. (2007), Conceptions of Teaching with Integrity Online in Higher Education: a Case in the Field of Engineering, ED-MEDIA 2007, Vancouver.

Holt, D. and Palmer, S. (2007), Staff exercising 'choice'; students exercising 'choice': wholly online learning at an Australian University, 24th Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education, Singapore.

Palmer, S., Holt, D., Hall, W. and Ferguson, C. (2008), An Online Student Portfolio for the Development and Assessment of Engineering Graduate Attributes, 12th International Computer Assisted Assessment Conference, Loughborough.

Monographs

Holt, D.M., Boyce, G., Lourens, J. and Bigelow, A.(1995)Intelligent Computer-Assisted Learning in Accounting Education
Endorsed by the Australian Society of Certified Practising Accountants.

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