Thursday, August 8, 2013

Five Perspectives about Online Learning

By Robin and

I was an early adopter of computer aided instruction (CAI) and online learning in the 90s because it was new, exciting and promised to be highly suited to distance education for employees in remote locations.

In the early days, I produced instructional media using Toolbook which I distributed on mini-disk or placed on my organisation's intranet.

During this time I decided to complete a Master of Education degree majoring in multimedia and online learning at the University of Southern Queensland (USQ). As would be expected, the whole course was delivered online. It was fun, had excellent content and complemented what I had been doing, very well. The USQ has a reputation for being one of Australia's most efficient and effective distance education institutions, but I don't think the course I did is available now.

In the ensuing years, online learning has changed considerably as the following article by the team at can attest. Here's the beginning of their article:

"To log in or not to log in? That’s the question for thousands of students like you, who now have options that their parents didn’t have when it comes to obtaining higher education. No longer does a student’s college debate center solely on the old question about state schools versus private education. Online schools have become legitimate sources of knowledge and career training, and students now have another major decision to make when it comes to choosing a school.
As the idea of earning your education online becomes more socially acceptable, more students are choosing to earn their education through online schools every year. It fits easily into busy schedules and can be a life-saver for nontraditional students who have concerns like work and parenting. And although traditional college students—that is, students who have just finished high school and are heading to college for the first time—are also enrolling in online schools, many students have questions about the differences between online and offline schools".
Read the rest of this article here and discover the interesting perspectives of the five students.
PS: If you wish, you could download a copy of my early title, "Making the Transition to Online Learning" from the Australian National Library archive. It's a PDF file. (You don't have to provide email or other details)

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous7:23 AM

    The linked e-book has a great example of a cross-functional flow chart.


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