My “Real World Situation”
Considerations for Introducing Online Leaning into the
Key Elements of Paper
The chart presents the following “Course Delivery Options.”
To make an informed decision we need to learn about our present conditions. Questionnaires should be developed and distributed to staff and students along with conducting face to face interviews.
Survey the Administration about goals, community impact, time and budget
Tools (The following is a partial list)
Many additional issues need to be examined. Among them are:
· How will tools be provided
· What are the hardware and software requirements
· How Learning Web Site will be administered
· Teacher, student training
· Cost factors
· Services on a cost per student basis
· An online web site which includes all hardware, software required to operate an online web site
· “Tools” as mentioned in the table above
· Assistance in course development and training
· We may use already created courses in our school for a licensing fee
· Student can take courses at other web sites and have our school issue credits for the courses
Online learning provides the opportunity:
· To create a learning community among participating students
· For them to develop valuable computer skills
develop the ability to communicate with others
It is imperative that both teachers and students are able to utilize the technologies: from knowing how to type to working with internet software. This must not be overlooked. The lack of having computer and internet skills will eliminate persons from participation. This will include some excellent on-ground teachers. The challenge is for these individuals to improve their skills rather than not participate.
“Many advocates of computer-mediated distance education emphasize its positive aspects and understate the kinds of communicative and technical capabilities and work required by students and faculty.”[iii]
I suggest staff follow the approach I have outlined in order to become informed about online learning as it applies to our school. We should speak with representatives from different vendors as well as other schools that offer online learning to help us become better informed. We also must offer to provide training to better enable our students and teachers to participate in the program. Finally, we should embrace our future online learning program as one that will be highly beneficial and educational to all of our participants.
Martin Oliver, Grainne Conole and Lisa Bonetti, Teaching and Learning Technology Centre, University of North London, 236-250 Holloway Road, London, N7 6PP 0171 753 3109 (1999) The hidden costs of change: evaluating the impact of moving to on-line delivery
Experiences, Noriko Hara , Rob Kling, The Center for Social Informatics ,
Indiana University, Bloomington
Students’ Distress with a Web-based Distance Education Course: An Ethnographic Study of Participants'