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Kevin O'Rourke

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EDEN Annual Conference 2011, Dublin

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  • eLearning and Sustainability: Quality over Quantity? Kevin C. O'Rourke Head of eLearning Support & Development Dublin Institute of Technology Ireland
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    • eLearning and Sustainability: Quality over Quantity?
    • Practical
    • Philosophical
    • Possible future
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  • F2F versus Online
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  • Key Findings
    • More than one-half of organizations (55%) indicated that if two job applicants with the same job experience were applying for a job, it would not make a difference whether the job candidate’s degree was obtained through an online or traditional degree programme.
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    • The higher the position in the organization, the less acceptable the online degree credentials. Four out of 10 organizations (43%) indicated that an online degree credential is acceptable for a job applicant seeking an entry-level position, but only 15% of organizations indicated that an online degree is acceptable for a job applicant seeking an executive-level position.
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  • Plagiarism Plagiarism Plagiarism
  • Plagiarism Plagiarism Plagiarism
    • Plagiarism and the Web: Myths and Realities
    • White Paper, available at http://www.turnitin.com
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  • Perceptions of eLearning quality
    • Degree awarding institution/Diploma Mills
    • Poor completion rates
    • Plagiarism
    • Identity issues: how do I know that the person in my online class is who they say they are?
    • Less experienced staff tend to teach online
    • eLearning and Sustainability: Quality over Quantity?
    • Practical
    • Philosophical
  • Constructivism Constructivism Constructivism
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    • Is knowledge socially constructed?
    • Is there such a thing as objective knowledge, independent of human knowledge?
    • Is there even such a thing as knowledge?
    • “ Ordinarily, to say that something is constructed is to say that it was not there simply to be found or discovered, but rather that it was built, brought into existence by some person’s intentional activity at a given point in time. And to say that it was socially constructed is to add that it was built by a society, by a group of people organized in a particular way, with particular values, interests and needs.” (p. 16)
    • “ A fashionable idea in technical circles is that quantity not only turns into quality, but also does so according to principles we already understand…. There are so many examples of distain for the idea of quality within the culture of web 2.0 enthusiasts that it’s hard to choose an example.” (p. 49)
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  • What is quality in education?
    • Meeting learning outcomes?
    • Critical thinking?
    • Educating citizens?
    • Educating the whole person?
    • Preparing students for the Knowledge Economy?
    • What is the difference between training and education?
    • eLearning and Sustainability: Quality over Quantity?
    • Practical
    • Philosophical
    • Possible future
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  • eLearning and Sustainability: Quality over Quantity?
    • What do you as an individual think?
    • Thanks for your time!
    • @kcor1964
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