Implementing a Large Scale, Web Based Distance Education Course
M. J. Weller, The Open University, United Kingdom
WebNet World Conference on the WWW and Internet, in Honolulu, Hawaii Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
T171 You, your computer and the Net is a large-scale distance education course produced at the Open University in the UK. It offers an introduction to computers and the Internet, and is aimed at a wide audience. The course is tutored entirely online and is delivered via the World Wide Web. This paper outlines the strategy for implementing such a course and the related pedagogical issues. These issues included developing appropriate student's skills, maintaining quality control, facilitating easy updating of material, ensuring student interaction with the material and making the material accessible and meaningful to a broad range of students. The manner in which each of these issues has been addressed is outlined. The course structure is a modular one based around accessible set texts, with wrap around academic material on the course web site. The course was piloted in 1999 with 900 students and demand for the course has been very high.
Weller, M.J. (1999). Implementing a Large Scale, Web Based Distance Education Course. In Proceedings of WebNet World Conference on the WWW and Internet 1999 (pp. 1144-1148). Honolulu, Hawaii: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved March 19, 2019 from https://www.learntechlib.org/primary/p/7339/.
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