PHASE THEORY: A TELEOLOGICAL TAXONOMY OF WEB COURSE MANAGEMENT FOR DISTANCE EDUCATION
Bruce Mann, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada
EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Montreal, Canada ISBN 978-1-880094-40-2 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC
Theories are meant to explain something or to help us understand the way things are within a certain domain (Wilson, 1997). Phase theory is intended to help educators understand the way things are for using Web course management systems. A Web course management system is a set of software tools, customarily grouped together under a course name and protected by a password, and considered a system; a Web course management system (WCMS). Some examples of popular WCMS's include LearningSpace (Lotus Corporation, 1998), Virtual-U (Harasim & Calvert, 1997), TopClass (WBT Systems, 1997), and WebCT (Goldberg, 1997), to name a few. Central to phase theory is the view that that instructors learn to adapt their instruction to a Web course management system in phases, namely: Lesson Enhancement, followed by Resource-Based Teaching and Learning, then Online Learning Environments.
Mann, B. (2000). PHASE THEORY: A TELEOLOGICAL TAXONOMY OF WEB COURSE MANAGEMENT FOR DISTANCE EDUCATION. In J. Bourdeau & R. Heller (Eds.), Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2000--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (pp. 1448-1450). Montreal, Canada: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
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