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Quality education on-line: an overview of approaches and issues to do with professional development of university teachers over the Internet

Shaw, G (1997). Quality education on-line: an overview of approaches and issues to do with professional development of university teachers over the Internet. In: Chooi, CP 11th Annual Conference of the Asian Association of Open Universities, Kuala Lumpur, 11-14 November 1997.

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Author Shaw, G
Title Quality education on-line: an overview of approaches and issues to do with professional development of university teachers over the Internet
Conference Name 11th Annual Conference of the Asian Association of Open Universities
Conference Location Kuala Lumpur
Conference Dates 11-14 November 1997
Conference Publication Title Quality Assurance in Distance and Open Learning
Editor Chooi, CP
Place of Publication Kuala Lumpa
Publisher AAOU
Publication Year 1997
Start Page 277
End Page 285
HERDC Category E2 - Conference Publication - Full written paper, non refereed proceedings (internal)
Abstract This paper explores some of the issues surrounding on-line education in a professional development programme. An overview of the technology is presented along with some discussion of on-line teaching and learning methods. Internet educational technologies include the use of e-mail, list servers, conferences, chat lines and World Wide Web pages. Each of these technologies has certain advantages and disadvantages and these are discussed. Application of technology for on-line teaching is only part of the process of establishing a quality on-line education programme. Other issues that impact on teaching and learning on-line are raised in this paper, these are: Issues arising from a lack of access to the technology; Issues relating to learning to use the technology; Issues relating to teaching and learning processes of on-line education. The paper compares the processes of on-line education with adult learning theory and concludes that while there are potential benefits to on-line education there are a number of issues that need to be resolved if it is to meet the expectations often made.
 
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