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ERIC Number: EJ812629
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-May
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1387-1579
WebCT Role-Playing: Immediacy versus E-Mediacy in Learning Environments
O'Connor, Sue; Ross, Anne
Learning Environments Research, v7 n2 p183-201 May 2004
University teachers are increasingly encouraged to use e-Learning techniques to expand on- and off-campus learning environments available to students. Many e-Learning tools are attractive because of their ease of use and considerable research has demonstrated their popularity with both students and educators. Our research deviates from discourses promoting the attractiveness of the technology and instead examines the quality of learning outcomes offered by e-Mediated techniques, especially for distance learners. We outline an experiment in which e-Mediated delivery was compared to the immediacy of face-to-face teaching exercises. We demonstrate that, despite the ease of design, students in the e-Mediated environment did not retain or apply their knowledge as well as those from the face-to-face medium. We provide suggestions as to why this is the case and make recommendations for overcoming the hurdles in e-Mediated delivery identified by our research.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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