ERIC Number: EJ723638
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Reference Count: N/A
Beyond the Use of New Technologies in Adult Distance Courses: An Ethical Approach
International Journal on E-Learning, v3 n1 p48-60 2004
This article is based on a study carried out at the University of Glasgow (Scotland) in the academic year 2000-2001. This research focuses attention on the implications of new technologies in Adult Distance Courses for pedagogy based on Computer Mediated Communication (CMC). An ethical approach is applied. Since intellectual property law, copyright, and fair use created a lot of uncertainty, tutors had to face new dilemmas typical of the online learning environment. For these reasons, an online questionnaire was submitted to subscribers of some mailing lists and working as online tutors both in the UK and in overseas countries. The results showed how tutors did not have common views with respect to the same dilemma/situation proposed and it showed how they defined the problems in question, sometimes as ethical and sometimes as not. Thus the findings led to the conclusion that due to the presence of new problems while teaching online, tutors work in a state of confusion with respect to how to behave and how to make decisions. What is more, since the copyright law is not clear enough, it is argued that further guidelines and rules are needed with specific reference to CMC in the teaching of adults.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Technology, Higher Education, School Districts, Online Courses, Ethics, Copyrights, Distance Education, Internet, Teaching Methods, Questionnaires
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Scotland)