Monthly Archives: May 2012

Are aesthetics important?

On a number of occassions I have been drawn into discussions about the importance (or not, depending on your position) of the aesthetic design of an online distance learning course. Traditionalists might argue that it doesn’t matter how the course … Continue reading

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Using technology to enhance student interaction

It could be suggested that there are three core components to a distance learning course: content, interaction and assessment. Historically, content and assessment have been managed well from a distance. However, interaction – with other students and educators – has … Continue reading

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Understanding learning design

My previous post acknowledged that a number of UK universities that primarily teach in a face-to-face mode┬ádevelop distance learning as a cottage industry. It is often the case that distance learning is developed in a manner that adheres to traditional … Continue reading

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Are we trying to fit a square peg into a round hole?

Few universities are purpose built to deliver education solely via distance learning. The UK has a long tradition of face-to-face learning, hence the infrastructures in place in the universities accomodate that mode of delivery. Over the last 10 years, numerous … Continue reading

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Greetings fellow distance learning enthusiasts

At some point during the past 12 years I have become a distance learning enthusiast. It is true that I studied by distance learning while living in Germany, when my poor grasp of the local language procluded me from studying … Continue reading

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