Aspects of e-Learning in a University

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Manning, Karen, Wong, Lily and Tatnall, Arthur (2010) Aspects of e-Learning in a University. International Journal of Actor-Network Theory and Technological Innovation, 2 (4). pp. 43-52. ISSN 1942-535X


Most universities make use of e-learning facilities to manage and deliver on-line learning. Many universities have adopted an approach to teaching and the delivery of course content that combines traditional face-to-face delivery with online teaching resources: a blended learning approach. Many factors act to determine how online learning is adopted, accepted, and the balance between online and face-to-face delivery is formed. In this paper, the authors suggest that educational technology adoption decisions are made at three levels: strategic decisions are made by the university to implement a particular package, and then individual academics made adoption decisions regarding those aspects of the package they will use in their teaching and how they will use them. They also make a decision on the balance they will have between on-line and face-to-face teaching. This article questions how decisions are made to adopt one e-learning package rather than another. The authors then examine how individual academics relate to this technology once it is adopted and make use of it to deliver some or all of their teaching and determine the appropriate blend.

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Item type Article
DOI 10.4018/jantti.2010100105
Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Management and Information Systems
Historical > SEO Classification > 9104 Management and Productivity
Keywords ResPubID20921, e-learning facilities, universities, teaching resources, online delivery, educational technology
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