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Is it sustainable? A comparison of student and tutor online time across three distance-learning courses

Wilson, Tina and Whitelock, Denise (1998). Is it sustainable? A comparison of student and tutor online time across three distance-learning courses. ALT-J: Research in Learning Technology, 6(1) pp. 25–31.

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Distance-learning course providers world-wide are looking to new technology to enhance their course presentations. One of the areas they are beginning to assess is that of integrating Computer Mediated Communication (CMC) into their courses. An important factor to be borne in mind with the adoption of CMC is the amount of time required to be an active participant. It is important therefore to investigate how much time tutors and students spend online, and if this is sustainable in the longer term. This paper discusses tutor and student involvement in the Open University M205-STILE project, and compares these findings with the time spent online by students and tutors on two other Open University courses. Our aim was to see if our findings were atypical. The comparisons are discussed, and recommendations are made about how future online courses can benefit from the findings of this study.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 1998 The Authors
ISSN: 1741-1629
Keywords: computer-mediated communication; distance learning; time; students; tutors;
Academic Unit/School: Learning and Teaching Innovation (LTI) > Institute of Educational Technology (IET)
Learning and Teaching Innovation (LTI)
Research Group: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Item ID: 16518
Depositing User: Denise Whitelock
Date Deposited: 27 May 2009 09:54
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2018 09:23
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