1.2 ON-LINE LEARNING
• Basic characteristics of on-line education,
fast - immediate connections/delivery in some cases
not scheduled - material can be reviewed and questions answered at any time
location independant - connection from any location, even home
high connectivity - a very large number of people, and information are readily available
individualized - sequence of material, depth of material, additional review, etc. can be adjusted by the student as needed
• Some important concepts when planning on-line courses are,
- bring the students into a learning neighborhood.
- create appropriate challenges for the content and format.
- context for all material must be clearly defined.
- set out a clear start and end to the work.
• When creating on-line courses,
- identify course goals.
- analyse material for suitability, some is not suited to distance, and solutions should be found.
- set objectives for modules (if this mode is used).
- try to make best use of tools available.
- don’t forget support, technical, library, etc.
- set up and maintain records of interactions in the class. (comments, discussions, etc.)
- set up an ongoing evaluation system, including feedback.
• From the faculty standpoint, factors for success are,
- faculty control of the course (ownership)
- don’t let technology replace the value of learning
- good technical support all round.
1.2.1 Relevant WWW Sites
Internet oriented training tools
Internet Resource Directory for Educators (IRD)
Distance Education Resources
University of Minnesota Adult Education Resources
University of Utah Adult Education Resources
State University of New York
University of Georgia
Ellsworth, J.H., Education on the Internet, Sams Publishing, 1994.