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Perspectives on e-Education (e-Learning)

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Seven overlooked, ignored, or misvalued facets of online education.

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Perspectives on e-Education (e-Learning)

  1. 1. Seven overlooked, ignored, or misvalued facets of online educationby Howard Gaukrodger PhD
  2. 2. 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
  3. 3. 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.
  4. 4. 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.
  5. 5. 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
  6. 6. 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.
  7. 7.  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
  8. 8. 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
  9. 9. 30/05/2013Perspectives on e-Education by Howard GaukrodgerPhD, NetSalience Ltd. 9iscommunicativerequirescommitmentis right forall partiesis human-interactivemaximisestwo-wayfeedbackisscalablesystemsevolvee-EducationGood
  10. 10. Seven overlooked, ignored, or misvalued facets of online educationby Howard Gaukrodger PhDContact me on Skype: howard.gaukrodger (GMT+12)

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