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Introduction The benefits of E-Learning Top U.S. Universities using E-Learningprograms What about the quality and credibility of E-Learning? Financial implications Timeline needed for the conversion Summary
In order to train knowledgeable, skilled, andcompetitive future workforce, Design andDrafting Technology faculty is seekinginnovative methods to maximize students’learning and provide world-class educationwhile involving students in hands-onactivities harmonious with their learningstyles. What is E-Learning and what are theadvantages of it?
Electronic learning is “learning utilizingelectronic technologies to access educationalcurriculum outside of a traditionalclassroom. In most cases, it refers to acourse, program or degree deliveredcompletely online” (eLearningNC, 2013).Image Source: http://www.google.com
With technological advancements and theconvenience of online learning, manyacademic institutions around the world havebeen embracing electronic learning (E-Learning) while benefiting from itspedagogical aspects, accessibility,effectiveness, and sustainability.
Pedagogical Principals Social Learning Theory Learners may socially construct knowledge and shareexperiences in form of messages, modeling, and onlinecollaborations while participating in a sustainableenvironmentally-friendly education (Hill, Song, & West,2009); (Castle & McGuire, 2010).
Accessibility Learners and educators can convenientlyaccess, share, learn, and teach information worldwideusing the Internet at their preferred location, pace, andtime (Tseng & Chu, 2010) Effective method for educating “geographicallydispersed, multicultural workforce” (Merugu, 2011)
Effectiveness Effective learner-centered education available online24/7 Effective method to accommodate different learners’learning styles Sustainability Environmentally-friendly educational approach Reduced consumption of carbon and paper Reduced emissions caused by traveling cars to schools
Pennsylvania State University (PSU) PSU offers bachelor’s and master’s degree programsEducation, Business, Engineering, Criminal Justice,and Nursing (Education Portal, 2013) University of Florida (UF) UF offers degree and non-degree distance educationprograms utilizing online, video, and CD-ROM resources(Education Portal, 2013) The following link contains a list of schools with E-Learning programs and the number of studentenrollment: http://education-portal.com/articles/Best_Universities_with_E-Learning_Programs_List_of_Schools.html
To assess the quality of the instructional design of atechnical course such as Design and DraftingTechnology, a checklist or rubric will enableeducators to adjust and improve their instructionalactivities to the highest standards. Ross (2013)provided the resources indicated on the next twoslides to access some quality checklists:
Click on the image to access the Quality Matters website
Implementing E-Learning will enableacademic institutions to enhance students’learning while meeting diverse students’learning styles. This will result in improving aninstitution’s reputation; consequently, increasedenrollment and financial improvement whileempowering an institute to compete with otherinstitutions.
Any new endeavor may be associated withnew expenses; however, most of the E-Learning resources are available onlineworldwide. Other E-Learning programs suchas SoftChalk may be purchased to createengaging and interactive learning activitiesand to facilitate distance learning. The pricerange of SoftChalk is between $495 and $695per year for educators.Adopted from: http://softchalk.combuy-now
Another learning management system,Blackboard Learn, is more expensive butworth investing due it’s excellent educationalbenefits and technical support. Blackboardmobile is also a new application ofBlackboard that has recently become verypopular among the learners. UCM usesBlackboard system.
A successful transition to a learningmanagement system such as BlackboardLearn may approximately take up to oneyear. The following link indicates thetimeline Northern Arizona University neededto change from Blackboard Vista toBlackboard Learn:http://www2.nau.edu/d-elearn/bblearn
The timeline needed for the conversion alsodepends on the needs and the projects aswell as the number of hours the technologyadministrators, staff, Information Technologysupport personnel, and the instructorsdedicate to migrate the courses and utilizeBlackboardAdopted from: www.csuci.edu/ats/documents/ci-lms-eval-report.doc
Accessible, effective, and prompt educationopportunities for all High quality training for all learners to achievehigh performance while resulting in improvedproductivity Possible increased enrollment/improved revenue Helps reduce the costs of training (travelexpenses, educational sites’ maintenance,materials, etc. Bottom line: Improved learning, productivity,revenue, and saving
Castle, S. R., & McGuire, C. J. (2010). An analysis of student self-assessment of online, blended,and face-to-face learning environments: Implications for sustainable educationdelivery. International Education Studies, 3(3), 36-40. Retrieved fromhttp://search.proquest.com/docview/821817327?accountid=28180Collins, P. T. (2011). An insiders view to meeting the challenges of blended learningsolutions. T+D, 65(12), 56-61.Education Portal (2013, April 06). Best universities with e-learning programs: List of schools[Web article]. Retrieved fromhttp://education-portal.com/articles/Best_Universities_with_E-Learning_Programs_List_of_Schools.htmleLearningNC. (2013, April 21). What is eLearning. [Web article]. Retrieved fromhttp://www.elearningnc.gov/about_elearning/what_is_elearning/Hill, J. R., Song, L., & West, R. E. (2009). Social learning theory and web-based learningenvironments: A review of research and discussion of implications. AmericanJournal Of Distance Education, 23(2), 88-103. doi:10.1080/08923640902857713Moore, D. (2011). Using collaborative online discussion effectively for teaching. Journal ofApplied Learning Technology, 1(4), 19-23.
Ross, L. (2013, March 29). Re: Instructional design review checklist [Electronic mailing listmessage]. Retrieved fromhttp://www.linkedin.com/groupItem?trk=eml-anet_dig-b_pd-ttl-cn&gid=110953&view=&ut=2gD-H1SEvYeBI1&srchtype=discussedNews&item=227271979&type=memberS Merugu. (2011, October 05). Getting management buy-in for your e-learning proposal [Web logpost]. Retrieved fromhttp://learners.ncu.edu/CourseRoom/Default.aspx?course_code=EL7002&learner_course_id=259689Tseng, K., & Chu, S. (2010). Traditional versus online courses, efforts, and learningperformance. The Journal of Human Resource and Adult Learning, 6(1), 115-121. Retrieved fromhttp://search.proquest.com.proxy1.ncu.edu/docview/867266471?accountid=28180