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ERIC Number: ED514781
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Nov
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 24
ISSN: ISSN-1548-6613
What Will Users Expect from Virtual Learning Methods? A Conceptual Model to Analyze Future Leaning Method Enhancements
Perera, Indika
Online Submission, US-China Education Review v7 n11 p76-82 Nov 2010
ICT (information and communication technologies) add enormous approaches to utilize computing into users' daily lives. Every aspect of social needs has been touched by ICT, including learning. VL (virtual learning), with the life span of slightly above a decade, still looks for possible approaches to enhance its functions with significant pressure from related disciplines for continual improvements. Very recently, with the introduction of Web 2.0, Semantic Web, and 3D (3-Dimensional) Virtual Environments, users have expanded their horizons of expectations. Along with this technology advancement, there has been a noticeable social and demographic transformation from recent years. Sociologists refer these as new generations of the human kind with high intellect, multitasking nature and high awareness of their environments. At present, they are getting into the education stream with high eager for creativity, flexibility and entertainment. Most of the present students in primary and secondary levels in schools show such characteristics and advance their expectations frequently. On the other hand, VL still has not accommodated new social networking and entertainment approaches as it confines to limitations from traditional learning pedagogies and administrative rules. So far, the only successful step it could take forward is the blended learning, which is now fading its novelty. The simple yet foremost essential question is, how far could people retain the students willingly with present VL methods? Alternatively, will it become another unimpressive rigid approach of learning to the future generations? This paper discusses possible approaches to evolve VL methods and models to make the future learning enjoyable yet comprehensive task. The paper tries to analyze briefly the different parameters significant to VL in a holistic manner, while providing an abstract model to analyze learning activities. (Contains 1 figure.)
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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