Seven overlooked, ignored, or misvalued facets of online educationby Howard Gaukrodger PhD
1. The term “e-Learning” suggests one-way activity.So, is teaching not required?a. e-Education seems more appropriate for the education sectorb. e-Training or even e-Development for the private sector30/05/2013 2Perspectives on e-Education by Howard GaukrodgerPhD, NetSalience Ltd.Good e-education should be two-way, with asubject teacher facilitating and fostering interaction
2. We all learn in different ways.So, why is e-education often inflexible?a. Flexibility introduces inconsistency and unfairness?b. It’s cheaper and easier to be prescriptive?Or is it because we’re implementing new technology before wehave the competence to use it effectively?Good e-education requires a commitment to studentsand teachers, staff training, and support.30/05/2013 3Perspectives on e-Education by Howard GaukrodgerPhD, NetSalience Ltd.
3. Generally, teachers are not computer experts andcomputer experts are not teachersa. Imposing computer-use on teachers and students can causeresentmentGood e-education uses methodsthat are right for all parties30/05/2013 4Perspectives on e-Education by Howard GaukrodgerPhD, NetSalience Ltd.
4. Research shows:a. Students are most concerned with the human interface – a sympatheticear to discuss study issues, a person.30/05/2013 5Perspectives on e-Education by Howard GaukrodgerPhD, NetSalience Ltd.Good e-education allows for video-conferencing and live-chat functions
5. Feedback is essential in the learning process, butis a poorly-considered aspect of e-education30/05/2013 6Perspectives on e-Education by Howard GaukrodgerPhD, NetSalience Ltd.Researcher: “Your teacher gives you amark and no comments. Are you happywith that feedback?” Student: “No, Imnot because I dont know what the teacheris thinking. “Teacher: “I do think the students reallyappreciate feedback because if youdont give some feedback they are justlost really… I do think feedback is veryimportant”.“Unless students are able to use thefeedback to produce improvedwork, neither they nor those giving thefeedback will know that it has beeneffective” (D. Boud, 2000)Good e-education maximises two-wayfeedback to engage and motivate.
e-Education can be as little as… an individual component Or as much as… an entire course programme30/05/2013Perspectives on e-Education by Howard GaukrodgerPhD, NetSalience Ltd. 7In both cases, it is important to remember two facets of e-education thatcan be overlooked: trial the system with teachers and students have a back-up plan for when the system breaks downGood e-education comprises a scalablesystem of tried and tested components6. Scale of e-Education
30/05/2013Perspectives on e-Education by Howard GaukrodgerPhD, NetSalience Ltd. 8 Education takes time Implementing new technology takes time Mastering the new technology takes time Profiling and promoting the adoption of the technology takes time The emotional attachment of staff and students to traditionalmethods using pen and paper is often underestimated. Expectations of a quick ROI and higher attainment levels forreduced staff input are often overestimated.Good e-education systems evolve7. e-Education is a long-term commitment
30/05/2013Perspectives on e-Education by Howard GaukrodgerPhD, NetSalience Ltd. 9iscommunicativerequirescommitmentis right forall partiesis human-interactivemaximisestwo-wayfeedbackisscalablesystemsevolvee-EducationGood
Seven overlooked, ignored, or misvalued facets of online educationby Howard Gaukrodger PhDContact me on Skype: howard.gaukrodger (GMT+12)