Online Learning Update

March 25, 2011

The future of distance online learning is calling

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:10 am

by Max de Lotbinière, Guardian Online

Research carried out recently among a group of students enrolled on a distance MA Tesol course at Leicester University offers a glimpse into a not-too-distant future when learners distributed around the world but linked via the internet will be able to enhance their learning experience with the use of some simple and low-cost digital tools. Gabi Witthaus, who teaches on the MA Tesol course, collaborated with colleagues in the university’s psychology department on the “Duckling” (Delivering University Curricula: Knowledge, Learning and INnovation Gains) project to find out how a relatively small group of their distance- learning postgraduate students would respond to using audio tools, the Second Life virtual world and e-readers to share and develop their learning. The results have been positive, with e-readers in particular, she says, allowing students to open “little windows of time” to access course content.

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