ERIC Number: ED427770
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998
Challenges and Problems in Designing and Researching Distance Learning Environments and Communities.
Chen, Ai Yen; Mashhadi, Azam
The challenges and problems in both designing and conducting research on distance learning courses are considered in light of the present cyberspace revolution. This paper discusses: the future possibilities of Internet-based learning; assumptions of online courses which are usually embedded in constructivist and socio-constructivist theories and principles; differing presuppositions underlying Western and Eastern cultures; communication as a process of interpretation; possibilities of computer simulations; and the impact of the new technologies on the educational research community. Also described are examples from Singapore of online educational communities. Recommendations for online instructional design and future research are also provided. (AEF)
Descriptors: Computer Mediated Communication, Computer Networks, Computer Simulation, Distance Education, Educational Research, Educational Technology, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Instructional Design, Internet, Online Courses, Online Systems, Research and Development, Technology Integration
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Malaysian Educational Research Association (MERA) Conference (1st, Penang, Malaysia, April 28-30, 1998).