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Introduction to eLearning


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Very concise consideration of some of the aspects of eLearning.

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Introduction to eLearning

  1. 1. Introduction to eLearning Kemi-Tornio University of Applied Sciences Paul Nijbakker & Anu Pruikkonen eLearning Centre
  2. 2. eLearning promises •  Increased accessability of education (any time, anywhere) •  Increased efficiency (cost-effective) •  Increased motivation •  Resource sharing & reusable content •  Collaborative learning & •  Autonomous learning •  Increased internationalisation Paul Nijbakker
  3. 3. Problems, technology •  Speed of developments causes incompatibilities in software and hardware. •  Lack of access to PCs and Internet connections (local learning centres) •  Costs involved create gap between have nets and have nots (The digital divide) Paul Nijbakker
  4. 4. Problems, human resources I •  Lack of organisational vision and strategy (traditionalism and unco-ordinated approach) •  Lack of training and support for staff •  Lack of organisational structure and cohesion •  Lacking personnel resources Paul Nijbakker
  5. 5. Problems, human resources II •  Traditionalism and obstruction by teachers •  Lack of Web-pedagogical knowledge •  Lack of computer skills •  Lack of time and funds for training •  Ditto for content production and development Paul Nijbakker
  6. 6. Problems, human resources III •  Lacking user acceptance (unfamiliarity with new learning paradigm may lead to demotivation, alienation and ...) •  Fraud (copy and paste) •  Lacking computer and information handling skills Paul Nijbakker
  7. 7. Problems, materials •  Compatibility issues (HTML rules!) •  Copyright issues Paul Nijbakker
  8. 8. Why? •  Why should you want to go through the trouble of investing precious time and money in an eLearning environment? Paul Nijbakker
  9. 9. Rationale 1 •  We are not alone in the universe… –  Finland is competing with the world at large –  The government wishes to remain ahead in order to ensure continuing economic growth –  The new economy needs workers who can study and work remotely –  Education standards are being internationalised on-line (ECTS, Dialang) Paul Nijbakker
  10. 10. Rationale 2 •  We have limited resources… –  eLearning can increase flexibility in schedules –  eLearning can allow us to reserve class time for the most important activities –  eLearning can increase learning opportunities for otherwise disadvantaged pupils (sick, handicapped, remote learners, parents with small children) Paul Nijbakker
  11. 11. Rationale 3 •  We are to teach our pupils the skills they need in the information society: –  Information retrieval and handling –  Self-directed independent work –  Collaboration via electronic channels –  Time management –  International outlook (These are among the promises of eLearning) Paul Nijbakker
  12. 12. Thank you for attending! The eLearning Centre of Kemi-Tornio University of Applied Sciences is at your service.