ERIC Number: ED462604
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Reference Count: N/A
Evaluation of Web-Based Flexible Learning.
McKavanagh, Charlie; Kanes, Clive; Beven, Fred; Cunningham, Alan; Choy, Sarojni
The effectiveness of World Wide Web-based flexible learning practices in Australia was examined. Online vocational education and training (VET) offerings were reviewed, and two Web-based VET modules were examined in case studies that involved observations and semi-structured interviews with teachers and students. According to the survey, approximately 120 modules were offered in a Web-based flexible mode in Australia in 1998. Together, the modules served about 2,300 students, with a median of 31 students involved in each module. The findings suggested that Web-based programs have the potential to support and enhance lifelong learning with an emphasis on learner-directed learning and adaptability. It was concluded that designers of Web-based programs should take advantage of the capabilities offered by technology in ensuring that content materials encourage rich "conversational" interactions and that student self-directedness and reflection are encouraged. The research led to development of data collection and data analysis tools for evaluating Web-based flexible learning in VET. The study findings' implications for the following areas of VET research and practice were discussed: "conversations" in Web-based flexible learning; delivery; the knowledge economy; course design; evaluation; and further research. (Twenty-one tables/figures are appended. The bibliography lists 39 references. The survey questionnaires and a project brochure are appended.) (MN)
Descriptors: Case Studies, Computer Uses in Education, Delivery Systems, Distance Education, Educational Environment, Educational Practices, Flexible Progression, Foreign Countries, Glossaries, Instructional Design, Instructional Effectiveness, Internet, Lifelong Learning, Online Courses, Questionnaires, Vocational Education, World Wide Web
National Centre for Vocational Education Research, 252 Kensington Road, Leabrook, South Australia 5068, Australia (Cat no. 750: $27.50: Australian). Tel: 08 8333 8400; Fax: 08 8331 9211; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: http://www.ncver.edu.au. For full text: http://www.ncver.edu.au/research/proj/nr8007.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Australian National Training Authority, Melbourne.
Authoring Institution: National Centre for Vocational Education Research, Leabrook (Australia).
Identifiers - Location: Australia