In this unit we focus on three main topics:
- The different ways in which e-learning has been defined;
- The different rationales that organizations and institutions have for using e-learning;
- The implications of using e-learning for teaching and learning.
I am not going to suggest that there is one correct definition of e-learning but rather that we need to recognize that the term means different things to different people. The important thing is to develop a common understanding with the people we work with and not assume that everybody has the same understanding.
Just as important is to recognize that there can be a variety of different rationales for using e-learning. Again, there is no correct rationale, although an argument can be made that some are better than others. The main point is that to plan effectively for e-learning we need to be clear about why we are proposing to use it and what we mean by the term.
After completing this unit you should be able to:
- Explain the different meanings of e-learning;
- Discuss and critique the key rationales for using e-learning;
- Identify some of the ways that e-learning is changing teaching and learning in higher education, and the forces that are leading to these changes;
- Analyze the implications for teaching and learning of using e-learning;
- Identify some of the elements necessary for the development and delivery of high quality e-learning.
Try to work to the following schedule:
- Section 1.1: What is E-Learning?,
- Section 1.2: Rationales for E-Learning
- Discussion: The Meaning of E-Learning
- Discussion: The Meaning of E-Learning (continues)
- Section 1.3: Overview of Technologies
- Section 1.4: Implications for Teaching & Learning