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ERIC Number: ED416481
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
Pages: 9
Abstractor: N/A
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Institutional Concerns: Supporting the Use of Internet Discussion Groups.
Levin, David
On-line learning presents significant new challenges for faculty, students, and the colleges and universities where they teach and learn. The overriding challenge for all parties is to ensure that technology is used to enhance, not degrade teaching and learning. DePaul University, Illinois, which grew from two to six campuses, expanded the role of the Office of Distance Learning to include faculty development in the use of distance learning technologies. The Naperville campus was planned as a "high tech" campus--many services will be available at the new campus principally via technology. An intensive 4-day summer workshop immersed faculty in online learning tools. It was discovered that it was probably a mistake to promote the view that these technologies extend the classroom, rather than create new learning environments. The use of technology for teaching and learning requires that faculty are given more support in the development of learning activities employing these technologies. Developing and conducting on-line discussions that result in significant learning takes time. Open-ended discussions such as those that occur in listservs and newsgroups have their place as a component of computer-mediated courses, but most learning occurs when learning activities are structured. The role of the instructor needs to be clearly understood and communicated to the students. At times she is the discussion leader; at other times the facilitator; and sometimes an evaluator. (RS)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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