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How do you stop online students cheating?

A colleague recently referred me to an article written by Sean Coughlan, the BBC News Education Correspondent, entitled ‘How do you stop online students cheating?’ In this article Coughlan discusses the growing trend for online learning and the steps that … Continue reading

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Can the UK secure its place in the global distance learning market?

In 2000, the Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP) published ‘Quality On the Line: Benchmarks for success in internet-based distance education’. In summary, the institute indicated that online distance learning could indeed be a quality learning experience and identified 24 … Continue reading

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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 develop 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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