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Created: March 2, 2006
Latest Update: March 2, 2006
Was exploring Journal of Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics, Volume 2 - Number 6, because of Call for Papers that sounded like we might fit. Came across the following description of a Mathematics Course taught exclusively by Distance Learning:
"All of our measurements indicate that more time spent actively doing problems on their own, rather than listening to presentations, translates to better understanding of the material. We believe this is the single most important advantage of the emporium model over the conventional lecture-homework-test paradigm."
From A Technology-based Model for Learning. By Michael Williams, Department of Mathematics, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA 24061. At p. 2. PDF file. Essay and Explanation of concepts.
A more general survey asking respondents about the general advantages and disadvantages of Distance Learning courses is also found in Vol. 2, No. 6, of the Journal of Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics:
"the convenience of taking online education attracts those who have family obligation or must work full time while earning their masters degrees."
From A Closer Look at Distance Learning from Studentsí Perspective: A Qualitative Analysis of Web Based Online Courses. By Nega Debela, Ph.D., School of Education, Marshall University. South Charleston, WV, 25303, USA.
- In what ways does our work on tranform_dom and Dear Habermas relate to the Technology based Model for Learning described by Michael Williams?
We're not teaching mathematics. That's much more linear and straight-forward. We're teaching theory and research and their applicability to current issues in our communities today. Our purpose is not to teach you to work out the "correct" answers to formulas, but to teach you to maintain awareness of current issues in the midst of oongoing conflicting activities, to use your learning of theories and research to study the issues in greater depth, but within reasonable time constraints, and to draw tentative conclusions that will help you in playing a responsible governance role in your community.
Consider WHAT I WAS THINKING ABOUT WHEN I WROTE THE QUESTION. AND LINKS TO SOURCES.
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