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Very Large Scale E-Learning Practices in the Open Education System at Anadolu University


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E. Ataç, M.E. Mutlu, E-LEARN 2006 - World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare & Higher Education konferansı dahilinde "Proceedings of World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education 2006" bildiri kitapçığındaki "Very Large Scale E-Learning Practices in the Open Education System at Anadolu University", 339-344 pp., Honolulu, Hawaii, USA, 13-17 October, 2006

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Very Large Scale E-Learning Practices in the Open Education System at Anadolu University

  1. 1. Very Large Scale E-learning Practices in the Open Education System at Anadolu University Prof. Dr. Engin AtaçAss. Prof. Dr. M. Emin Mutlu E-Learn 2006 World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, & Higher Education Honolulu, Hawai October 13-17, 2006
  2. 2. Open Education System The open education universities which have more than 100,000 students are labeled as “mega universities” by Sir John Daniel (Daniel, 1999).
  3. 3. Open Education System (Cont.) In the mid 1990s, Internet technology began to be used widely in education and the educational opportunities the Internet technology provides became to be known as e-learning.
  4. 4. Open Education System (Cont.) The core material for courses remains to be course books but supported by e- learning services. Designing the content of e-learning this way and offering it to vast masses is called “large-scale e-learning”.
  5. 5. Open Education System (Cont.) History of the Open Education Faculty, e-learning at Anadolu University, Open Education Faculty English Language Teacher Training Program, the e-Learning Portal, Graduate Programs offered by the Open Education Faculty will be mentioned.
  6. 6. History In 1982: Transformation of the former Faculty of Communication Sciences to the Open Education Faculty (OEF). 1982-1983: Offering two four- year undergraduate distance education degree programs in Business Administration and Economics. 1998: An everlasting re-engineering process, consisted of integrating modern technologies, strategies and models into the distance education system
  7. 7. History (Cont.) Redesigning or updating all the conventional materials (textbooks, TV programs, etc.); Abolishing the quota for student admission ; Employing new pedagogical (e.g.; Online Exam Preparation and Multimedia Programs on CDs) and social support services (e.g.; News from Our University a TV Program aired nationally on TRT4 Channel, Anadolu Haber a weekly newspaper)
  8. 8. History (Cont.)Offering new programs such as English Language Teacher Training Pre-School Teaching B.A. programs Information Management associate degree program
  9. 9. History (Cont.) 8 different B.A. degrees 22 associate degree programs to students in  Turkey,  the Northern Cyprus Turkish Republic  some European countries such as Germany, Netherlands, and France.
  10. 10. e-Learning at Anadolu University The distance programs of Anadolu University are primarily print-based, correspondence type and require self-study.
  11. 11. e-Learning at Anadolu University (Cont.)  Correspondence study is also supported with several services such as  broadcasted television programs aired by a state channel throughout the country,  video and radio programs distributed on cassettes,  CDs or DVDs,  remote evening classes,  computer-supported learning environments.
  12. 12. e-Learning at Anadolu University (Cont.) 12.5 % of the population has computers at home only 7 % have an internet connection (TUBITAK, 2000). The majority of Anadolu University’s distance programs are still correspondence-based. The number of learners in online (only 2 % of all learners) and hybrid (10 %) programs is quite limited despite the improvements.
  13. 13. e-Learning at Anadolu University (Cont.)  1999-2000  Internet-based practice exam  2000-2001  Open Education Multi-Media CD-ROMs  Anadolu University online courses (  2001-2002  Internet-based Information Management Associate Degree Program  2002-2003  Internet-based practice software
  14. 14. e-learning at Anadolu University (Cont.)  2003-2004  Internet-based course books  2004-2005  Internet-based TV programs  On-line courses for the 3rd and 4th year of the English Language Teacher Training Program  Open Education e-learning portal  Academic Facilitator Service in the Internet  e-audio book  Graduate programs on the Internet
  15. 15. Open Education Faculty English LanguageTeacher Training Program (ELTT)  1st and 2 nd years: face-to- face, 3rd and 4th years: distance education methods.  Number of students: 9,529
  16. 16. ELTT Online Courses  10 courses in the 3rd and 4th years
  17. 17. ELTT Facilitator Services Responding to discussion groups within 24 hours Responding to student letters within 48 hours Over 100 field experts and designers 45 tutors are conducting the tutorials 6,295/7,707 students benefited from this service.
  18. 18. Open Education e-learning Portal
  19. 19. Number of visitors to the e-learningPortal on a daily and monthly basis:  over one million student records  285 million hits  a total of 3,871,077 visits  over 42 TB transactions.
  20. 20. Services Included by the Open Educatione-Learning Portal  e-Book  e-Television  e-Practice  e-Exam  e-Facilitator  e-AudioBook
  21. 21. e-Book  209 e-books (PDF and Flash Paper format of the print textbooks)  2,717 units  May 2005 - March 2006, 134,935 students  1,128,679 times.
  22. 22. e-Television  1,145 TV programs (digitized broadcast TV programs)  156 courses on the Internet • May 2005 -March 2006, 133,230 students 1,123,176 times  e-television programs with a size of nearly 2 TB
  23. 23. e-Practise May 2005 - March 2006  738 e-practice units of 50 courses on the Internet  131,143 students  3,659,118 units
  24. 24. e-Exam  most commonly used e- learning services by distance students  More than 11,000 questions  124 courses  May 2005 - March 2006, 202,539 students  8,575,818 e-exam sessions
  25. 25. e-Facilitator Service  Students ask their questions related to the course content  Students can see other students’ questions and the tutor’s answers  one tutor is responsible for each course  May 2005- March 2006, students asked 3,052 questions
  26. 26. e-AudioBook  audio-recorded books  CD ROMs containing MP3 files  August 2005 - March 2006, 49,548 students used this service 168,926 times
  27. 27. Graduate Programs Anadolu-SUNNY, ESC, e-MBA master’s Program e-Accomodation master’s program Teaching Developmentally Disabled Children master’s program
  28. 28. Anadolu-SUNNY, ESC, e-MBAProgram (2004-2005)  a dual diploma e-MBA master’s program  with the collaboration of Anadolu University and the State University of New York (  approved by the Higher Education Council
  29. 29. e-Accomodation master’s program  Aim: to prepare qualified workforce for the tourism sector and to furnish those in managerial positions with the skills and expertise required by the sector (http://ekon.anadolu.
  30. 30. Teaching Developmentally Disabled Children  a distance education MA degree program  Aims:  to train those teachers who already work in schools and centers around Turkey but who do not have the necessary training in teaching developmentally disabled children.  to increase the knowledge and skills of teachers with a formal education in this field (
  31. 31. Conclusion modern distance education model that is equipped with a very flexible structure a strong organization to meet the educational needs of Turkey qualified and productive human resources education through television vs. internet-based education
  32. 32. Conclusion (Cont.) Number of students regularly used the e-learning services in the 2005-2006 academic year: over 290,000
  33. 33. Better Education… Better Future... Prof. Dr. Engin AtaçAss. Prof. Dr. M. Emin Mutlu