Introducing Online Learning in Higher Education: An Evaluation

Fincham, David (2013) Introducing Online Learning in Higher Education: An Evaluation. Creative Education, 4 (9). pp. 540-548. ISSN 2151-4771

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.4236/ce.2013.49079

Abstract

Traditionally, in educational contexts, learning and teaching has been seen as a direct interpersonal classroom activity. However, with the development of information technology in general and Internet and online technologies in particular, there has been an increasing emphasis on the development of distance learning methods, providing opportunities to extend boundaries of space and time. In this paper, the author sets out to present the findings of a case-study enquiry into student perceptions of the introduction of an e-learning component as part of their experience of an M.A. programme in Catholic School Leadership at St Mary’s University College, Twickenham. By engaging with online learning, students were able to participate in a “virtual classroom” through which they were able to share discussions initi- ated by questions that were provided online. The introduction of online learning, therefore, represents a significant development that had a potential impact on pedagogy and assessment. This paper concludes that, whilst there were some anxieties about the introduction of the facility, students acknowledged that, generally, online activities enhanced the quality of their education.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Open Access
Uncontrolled Keywords: Higher Education; Distance Learning; Information and Communication Technology; Blended Learning; Pedagogy; Assessment
Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 378 Higher education
School/Department: School of Education, Theology and Leadership
Depositing User: Catherine O'Sullivan
Date Deposited: 29 Jul 2014 09:37
Last Modified: 29 Jul 2014 09:37
URI: http://research.stmarys.ac.uk/id/eprint/720

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