ERIC Number: ED428655
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Jun
Distributed Learning Environments: Pedagogy, Implementation, and the Early Adopter.
Bronack, Stephen C.; Riedl, Richard E.
Pedagogy embodies the beliefs one holds about students, about the various attributes of media technologies, and about the essential qualities of the content at hand. Teachers make decisions based on the interactions of these beliefs. Therefore, it is imperative to begin the process of designing and contemplating instruction with a consideration of the beliefs one holds concerning the components of this instruction. This paper presents observations about the pedagogical implications for teaching and learning gathered from the authors' experiences with the development of two types of distributed learning systems--the North Carolina Information Highway (NCIH) and CaseNET. NCIH is a video-based information delivery system developed by a consortium of state agencies and private industry; a lack of consideration of pedagogical issues has hindered utilization of the system for educational purposes. CaseNET is a set of World Wide Web-based courses jointly organized and offered by institutions of higher education and district professional development teams from the United States, Canada, and Norway. In contrast to NCIH, the developers of CaseNET have gone to great lengths to construct a distributed learning environment that allows for support and encourages cooperation, communication, case-writing, and reflective practice. Contains 12 references. (Author/DLS)
Descriptors: Beliefs, Computer Networks, Computer Uses in Education, Cooperative Programs, Distance Education, Educational Environment, Educational Media, Educational Technology, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Information Networks, Information Systems, Instruction, Instructional Design, Instructional Development, Interactive Video, Models, Systems Development, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Education, Teaching Methods, Telecommunications, World Wide Web
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada; North Carolina; Norway; United States