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ERIC Number: ED432994
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Jun
Pages: 11
Abstractor: N/A
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A Self-Fulfilling Prophecy: Online Distance Learning for Introductory Computing.
Powers, Kris
This paper describes novel approaches for adapting an introductory computing course for online distance learning, including discussions of the underlying pedagogy and objectives as well as the implementation and results of the online course. The first section describes the original course which was adapted to Internet delivery. The next section focuses on the major objectives and approaches to the online course design. Three major instructional strategies that would be unique to the online version of the course are described, i.e., class cybersociety, online student portfolios, and self-guided online labs. Hardware and software resources are also addressed in this section. The third section describes the course implementation and how well the implementation met the design objectives in terms of student demographics, instructional strategies, and resources. The ultimate goal was to provide an enriched educational experience, subject to economic and related technological limitations. It is concluded that, while the accessibility of the course was successfully maintained, several of the teaching methods meant to enrich the experience were hampered by the shortened time frame in which the course was offered. The course materials are currently in revision for a future offering during a regular 15-week semester. (Contains 13 references.) (AEF)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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