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Using Learning Technologies : International Perspectives on Practice - Elizabeth J. Burge

Using Learning Technologies

International Perspectives on Practice

By: Elizabeth J. Burge (Editor), Margaret Haughey (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 11th January 2002
ISBN: 9780415216876
Number Of Pages: 176

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This collection of first-hand accounts from experienced and accomplished learning technology practitioners highlights issues in using learning technologies for flexible, distance and open learning. Drawing on their own experience, the authors identify and explore the most practical and complex issues faced and reflect upon the lessons learned. The definition of learning technologies is broad, encompassing not only the tools (print, audio, video, online applications) but their creative and informed application and social effects. Experiences from eight different countries are presented while the themes addressed include policy development, teaching skills, learner guidance, evaluation and reflective practice.
Often, busy practitioners argue that they do not have time for reflection but that they do have time to swap stories with colleagues. Using Learning Technologies promotes such engagement through a broad range of first-hand accounts of facing the challenges entailed in using learning technologies. The stories recounted here speak directly to practitioners, researchers and administrators, provide a model for reflection and offer practical guidelines for comparison with the reader's own experience.

Introductionp. 1
Using Learning Technologies: an Introductionp. 3
Policy Issuesp. 13
Naming the Learning Technology Issues in Developing Countriesp. 15
Public and Institutional Policy Interplay: Canadian Examplesp. 26
Getting the Systems Right: Experience at the University of the West Indiesp. 38
Developing Course Materials: a Context of Technology Constraintsp. 48
Referencesp. 57
Practice Issuesp. 59
Lessons from Our Cyberclassroomp. 61
Teacher or Avatar? Identity Issues in Computer-Mediated Contextsp. 72
Referencesp. 81
Web-Based Research Assistancep. 82
Bibliographyp. 91
"No One Will Listen to Us": Rural Fulbe Women Learning by Radio in Nigeriap. 92
Confronting Barriers to Distance Study in Tanzaniap. 102
Referencesp. 111
Quality Issuesp. 113
Reflections on Evaluating Online Learning and Teachingp. 115
Evaluating the Use of Learning Technologiesp. 125
Gender-Sensitive Evaluation Researchp. 135
Referencesp. 143
Using Learning Technologies: a Synthesis of Challenges and Guidelinesp. 145
Indexp. 156
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ISBN: 9780415216876
ISBN-10: 0415216877
Series: Routledgefalmer Studies in Distance Education
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 176
Published: 11th January 2002
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.52 x 16.2  x 1.52
Weight (kg): 0.39
Edition Number: 1