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ERIC Number: EJ803712
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1096-7516
Community Building, Emergent Design and Expecting the Unexpected: Creating a Quality eLearning Experience
Thompson, Terrie Lynn; MacDonald, Colla J.
Internet and Higher Education, v8 n3 p233-249 2005
Given the extraordinary interest and growth in eLearning as a learning tool and as an industry, it is not surprising there is lively debate on quality. A research-based and tested eLearning model was used to design and evaluate an online M.Ed. course in order to study factors that influence the quality of an eLearning event. Several data collection methods were used to explore the experiences of key stakeholders in this case study: learners, design team, and instructors. This study reveals that learners engaged in a level of community that best suited their needs. Striving to achieve a "spirit" of community seemed to yield beneficial learning outcomes. This study also explored the tension between structure and flexibility in course design. While skillful planning and extensive organization help create a positive learning environment, the design must also be conducive to rapid re-design as the course progresses in order to respond to learning needs as they emerge. (Contains 1 figure and 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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