ERIC Number: ED468654
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Reference Count: N/A
Online Learning and Social Exclusion.
Online learning covers a wide range of technologies and formal and informal learning methods. A key factor promoting the significant enthusiasm for online learning across all education and training sectors in Great Britain and elsewhere is its potential to overcome many of the barriers of place, pace, and time that socially and economically disadvantaged adults face in accessing learning opportunities. The following are among the online learning issues that must be addressed when establishing online learning programs: online learners' characteristics and needs; tutorial and other forms of support; wider participation; collaborative learning; vicarious learning; design of materials; learning to learn; characteristics of different approaches; moderating and facilitating; location of access; costs and benefits; and retention. The following social issues must also be addressed: socially excluded communities; Internet access and use; learners' attitudes; online communities; informal learning; teleworking; digital democracy; access to knowledge; barriers to online learning; information and computer technology and families, communities, learners, and organizations. Despite the extensive activity that is occurring in relation to online learning, many gaps remain in our understanding of how to realize its potential. Developments must be accompanied by evaluation and dissemination to ensure that practitioners have access to the latest information. (Contains 12 tables and 97 references.)(MN)
Descriptors: Access to Computers, Access to Education, Adult Education, Change Strategies, Colleges, Computer Uses in Education, Definitions, Disadvantaged Environment, Distance Education, Education Work Relationship, Educational Benefits, Educational Trends, Foreign Countries, Informal Education, Information Technology, Instructional Development, Internet, Online Courses, Open Education, Postsecondary Education, School Business Relationship, School Community Relationship, Social Integration, Social Isolation, Student Characteristics, Student School Relationship, Teacher Student Relationship, Teleworking, Universities, Web Based Instruction
National Institute of Adult Continuing Education, 21 De Montfort Street, Leicester LE11 7GE, United Kingdom. Web site: http://www.niace.org.uk.
Publication Type: Books; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Inst. of Adult Continuing Education, Leicester (England).
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Great Britain)