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ERIC Number: ED427728
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Nov
Pages: 7
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Socialization of Distance Education: The Web as Enabler.
Parker, Drew; Rossner-Merrill, Vivian
The World Wide Web has allowed the delineation of distance versus place-based education to become a spectrum rather than a binary choice. This paper discusses a novel format of distance education, called "Virtual Seminars," and its relation to issues within cognitive flexibility theory. Virtual seminars are interactive courses offered over the Web, with a weekly term structure and a strong participative component. A business administration course at Simon Fraser University (Canada) that focuses on telecommunications applications for the corporate and private sectors is offered as an example. The implementation of the following instructional design principles in order to take advantage of the flexibility of the computer-based medium is described: (1) present information from multiple perspectives using case studies that present diverse examples; (2) make instruction very specific; (3) create opportunities for students to develop and articulate their own representations of information; (4) emphasize students' active knowledge construction rather than passive transmission of information from instructor to student; (5) introduce students to the complexity of the information to be learned at the outset of the course; (6) stress the interconnectedness of the content to be learned; and (7) avoid oversimplification of content. A vignette, outlining how a student interacts with the course, concludes the paper. (Author/AEF)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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