More Task 2

Reading the other comments I realized a couple of things:

1. It is interesting if the topic is also the method (it is a e-learning seminar on e-learning). So you might directly transfer your own learning experiences to the results. Just wonder if this is too many steps at once…but not sure about it yet…

2. E-learning offers a great way of interacting with other students. I never had that many chances of interaction in another seminar. ONE MORE ADVANTAGE

3. Intermediate steps of the learning process can be documented. You can write drafts, change it anytime, leave thoughts and notes and delete it later. Almost no other traditional media offers that many ways. Usually it is just the final that is published… This is a chance for a new way of documenting and also evaluating the learning process (individueller Lernfortschritt). But also a big risk of getting lost into details, I guess…. So the teacher really needs to structure the process and needs to know where he wants to take the students (klares Lernziel).

Juliane

Task 2

Hello again…

So this is Task No. 2…

Here I first want to talk about what E-Learning is about, secondly, list advantages and disadvantages in eLearning and last, name setting, situations and content where e-learning is suitable…. (note: if people can’t agree on spelling they might not agree on one definition….?!)…

Big Brother (:) Wiki defines E-learning as computer enhanced learning which includes every learning situation where a computer is involved. The instructional material can be on a CD-Rom, a DVD, a local area network, the internet… Interestingly, the definition is less on the learning (how is the learning organized, how is the learning process…) but on the media used. So it seems to me that „E“ defines the term more than the „learning“. ???

When choosing a media it is supposed to be the best choice. This also applies to e-learning. But how can I choose the best media? Is there a list which media is the best for which learning situation, setting and content… Most likely not… if you got one… I’d be interested…

One HUGE advantage of e-learning are the costs (how unpedagogical)! I guess, that is one reason why e-learning has sucessfully found its way into almost every on-the-job and off-the-job training. It is an investment to implement e-learning but later running expenses are low. E-learning generally offers easy access to information and far more ways of action than some traditional methods (applying, discussing, creating…). E-learning can be used anywhere, anytime. It offers good tools for constructivist learning as we define modern learning. Last, e-learning offers a good opportunity to adress the new generation and might help to reduce drop outs and disengagement (for the last argument see: „Educationg the Net Generation“, B. Pletha, Santa Monica Press).

Despite from all the advantages e-learning is NOT the solution for every learning situation. Especially motivation is a problem for e-learning (don’t remember where but I once read a study on that). Although it is possible to do it anywhere and anytime people don’t do it all the time. As with every learning situation there needs to be a little motivational support (or pressure) to get it started and to stay tuned. This is one big disadvantage of e-learning. The social aspect of a traditional leanring situation should not be overlooked. It might be interesting to chat with a person but still it is different from talking person-to-person. So we use these different ways of communication for different situations and with a different motive force.

To be more precise I would suggest to use e-learning for certain settings. This could be the preparation for a seminar. It could be useful to use it for special situations: like training people from different countries on the same topic where it is inefficient to get them together (Australia’s outland, international companies…). Using e-learning in classroom should be a good addition to other methods (by the way: is e-learning a method by itself???)..

Waiting for your comments…

Trying to create another trackback…

Juliane

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Task 1

Hi everybody,

so I am trying to start my „Blog project“ here. This is the so called Task 1 and I am supposed to write something about my experiences with Online learning and my expectations on the seminar.

Well, lets start with my experiences… While working in a bank I had the first contact with E-learning as a user. It was a fairly boring CBT (Computer Based Training) with filmlets and multiple choice questions we had to run through every year. It seemed more like a burden to me. But this was not about the CBT itself but it took time I could have used for „real work“.

While studying I had a seminar on New Media in English classroom (Andreja Ivanic) where I developed a Web Quests (applying for a job) and wrote a paper on it. For those of you who are interested: a Web Quest is an inquiry-oriented lesson format using different types of media. The Web Quest has a pretty straight format which can be found on the internet.

In one class I taught I once did a Web Search on „traveling abroad“ using the internet. I might add the work sheet if I find the right button….;) The class I held was fairly okay but I also had problems appearing. But it was fun though… Traveling Abroad

That’s all about my experiences. In the seminar Virtual Learning I want to find out more about how I can use the computer as a media of learning. It is very important to me that it is not to complicated to imply it into my every day lessons: Cause this is one thing I found out for my teaching: Try to make it as simple as possible and as complicated as necessary. It is about finding the right and best suiting media and sometimes and only sometimes the computer could be the right one!

That all for now… see you soon…

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