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ERIC Number: EJ1079980
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1179-7665
Categorising E-Learning
Wilson, Amy D.
Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning, v16 n1 p156-165 2012
Categorising e-learning is almost as problematic as defining the term. In an attempt to quantify/qualify the level of e-learning use in the tertiary sector in New Zealand, the Ministry of Education (MoE) established a classification system for courses in the tertiary sector. The value of this tool was disputed, and a new system was proposed but later withdrawn. Following a period of sector discussion and consultation, the MoE has now abandoned the classification system. With institutions no longer being required to report the number of courses using e-learning tools, the question arises as to whether there is a need to classify e-learning, and what purpose that might serve. The responses to interviews conducted as part of doctoral study regarding the MoE classification system prompted the author to embark on an exploratory study to determine if there is still a need to classify e-learning. The purpose of this study is twofold: first, to consider the MoE's system to gain a better understanding of how e-learning was classified; and second, to recommend a replacement for this system that might be more practical in terms of institutional analysis and planning. The study proposes four options for those institutions that recognise the importance of continued data collection to inform choices regarding professional development, resourcing, and strategic direction. The classification options are discussed in terms of clarity of classification and ease of data collection.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New Zealand
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