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Screen Design of Computer-Based Learning Materials

Mentoring is increasingly becoming a key tool for polytechnic staff development in New Zealand. Lecturers in New Zealand polytechnics have pressures on their time which make attending traditionally delivered professional development courses and seminars increasingly difficult. This case study describes a range of flexible learning modules delivered at Manukau Polytechnic in Auckland, New Zealand. All of the modules base the mentoring of personal staff engaged in independent learning. The mentoring, educational literature uses 'flexible learning' in a range of senses. In some definitions almost synonymous with open learning; in others it has little to distinguish it from independent learning. The modules credited towards a Diploma in Adult and Tertiary Education. Participants in the modules work at their own pace but have regular meetings with the mentor or module leader. The views of mentors and module participants are explores on the role of mentor and nature of the independent learning projects. The advantages and disadvantages of style of professional development analysed.