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  • 1. Distance or e-Learning Richard Montague-Thompson
  • 2.
    • Distance Learning  utilises: Compact Disks, DVD’s, manuals, work books, television and radio broadcasts and a range of other tools.  Distance Learning is an old concept, yet the term is used consistently today with the phrase e-learning . 
  • 3.
    • Until well into the 20th century 90% of the employed were manual workers .
    • Today in this country only about 20% of workers are employed in this line of work.
    • Of the remaining workers, 40% make use of technology.
  • 4.
    • ‘ Preparing teens and adults to function in this milieu is a top priority of society with the development and expansion of the Internet and distance learning, essential to achieving this goal.’
    • T.Blair 2006
  • 5.
    • e-learning gives the freedom and flexibility to learn when and where the student wants and at their own pace.
    • It is possible to study a wide range of subjects at any level, and e-learning can be ideal if the subject isn't available nearby.
  • 6.
    • e-learning is to classroom learning as cell phones are to pay phones at the railway station.
    • e-learning can include text, video, audio, animation and virtual environments.
    • e-learning is self-paced, hands-on learning.
  • 7.
    • e-learning allows learning anywhere and usually at any time, as long as a properly configured computer is available.
    • e-learning can be CD-ROM based, Network, Intranet or Internet-based.
  • 8.
    • e-learning has definite benefits over traditional classroom training.
    • It's less expensive to produce.
    • It provides a consistent message.
    • It can work from any location and at any time.
  • 9.
    • It can be updated easily and quickly .
    • It can be easily managed for large groups of students.
  • 10.
    • There are many advantages to e-learning, and even the potential disadvantages (i.e. boring text-based courses, technophobia, isolation) can be alleviated with a properly designed course.
  • 11.
    • A useful definition of distance learning is provided by Webopedia:
    "A type of education where students work on their own at home or at the office and communicate via e-mail, videoconferencing and other forms of computer-based communication. Due to their accessibility the Internet and World Wide Web serve as the foundation for many distance learning systems which are used to produce a virtual classroom”.
  • 12. e-learning makes use of information and communications technology to provide innovative ways to learn: If the learner has mobility or health problems that make travel or attendance difficult If the learner has commitments which make it differcult to attend a regular course. At the learners own pace. Enables learning to take place when and wherever the learner is located.
  • 13. Intranet/Internet via phone line/satellite. Audio Video E- Mail
  • 14. With increased Internet bandwidth and speeds available, it is possible to broadcast a live programme to anywhere in the world .
  • 15.
    • Tutors can more easily detect non-verbal cues, such as lack of understanding, confusion or anxiety, which may not be as forthcoming using a typical classroom scenario.
    There are many advantages of using e-Learning with Video Conferencing over conventional tutorials:
  • 16.
    • Tutors can access other useful visual information, for example, a student who is having difficulties using a printer.  The camera on the student's p.c. can be angled down and the tutor can perform a visual check on the equipment, and perhaps offer a solution.
  • 17. Tutors and students can send large amounts of data to each other at high speed, enabling assessment and feedback at a distance to take place quickly and effectively.  Students can enjoy greater learning autonomy as they become the initiators of the contact between themselves and their tutor.
  • 18. Disadvantages with e-Learning Costs may be prohibitive to some potential users and protracted on-line teaching time.  Lack of familiarity with the capabilities and functionality of the technology
  • 19.
    • Using e-learning technology is a method of offering learning to a wider range of people, in wider geographical locations.
    BUT
  • 20.
    • It is for both student and tutor to accept new technologies and methods of learning and teaching.
    As without the inclination to travel we would never have walked on the moon!.
  • 21.
    • ‘ Human beings are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent reluctance to do so’.
    Douglas Adams