Online learning: transcending the physical

Reushle, Shirley and McDonald, Jacquelin (2004) Online learning: transcending the physical. In: Effective Teaching and Learning Conference (ETL 2004): A Conference for University Teachers, 4-5 Nov 2004, Brisbane, Australia.

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Abstract

A recent study has suggested that one assumption that accompanied the push to e-learning in tertiary institutions was that university teachers would change the way they conceptualise and implement education. However, the study found that, in many instances, the use of online course management systems and the pursuit of economically viable methods of 'educating' large numbers of learners led to a focus on the distribution of materials, thus maintaining the transmissive, 'delivery' mode of teaching. This resulted in some sense of disappointment and scepticism about the role and value of online learning in the knowledge society. This paper argues that online education can provide dynamic, learner-centered environments where knowledge is built through collaborative interactions with highly motivated learners. The authors have identified several critical principles of pedagogy which contribute to the success of the online learning experience. The paper also examines the experiences of learners in two postgraduate online courses and reflects on the feedback provided by those learners.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Copyright remains with the author 2003. The attached file is posted here with permission of the copyright owner for your personal use only. No further distribution permitted.
Depositing User: Dr Shirley Reushle
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Education
Date Deposited: 08 Oct 2008 02:07
Last Modified: 16 Oct 2013 23:32
Uncontrolled Keywords: e-learning; online learning; online education; tertiary institutions;
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130202 Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130309 Learning Sciences
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930203 Teaching and Instruction Technologies
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/4368

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