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Evaluation of Using Distance Learning to Support Work-based Learning Programmes: A Case Study from Northumbria University, UK
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E-Learn: World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education, in Orlando, Florida, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-83-9 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), San Diego, CA

Abstract

Abstract: The aim of the study was to carry out a critical evaluation of the use of distance learning in work-based programmes. This paper is a report on the findings of a study conducted on under graduate and post graduate work-based learning programmes being delivered in distance education mode. A Case study approach was used, followed by a critical evaluation technique to examine the data gathered. Findings indicate that there are many positive points towards incorporating work-based learning with a distance learning approach but there are also issues which appear to have longevity; such as the 24-hour operational issues and facilitating needs of students outside of working hours. Although the courses studied were very successful, costs to deliver the programme were not always visible. The positives included flexibility of learning in terms of time and venue. Overall the inclusion of work-based learning on distance learning courses proved to be very successful.

Citation

Liyanage, L., Keogh, S., Strachan, R. & Hanlon, S. (2010). Evaluation of Using Distance Learning to Support Work-based Learning Programmes: A Case Study from Northumbria University, UK. In J. Sanchez & K. Zhang (Eds.), Proceedings of E-Learn 2010--World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education (pp. 689-698). Orlando, Florida, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved December 1, 2020 from .

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