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Ready, Steady, Study!. Heather Baba (ADMC) Phil Cozens (PI). Overview. Why the LI-SIG? Local situation Why and what is DL? Questionnaires IL Skills Readiness Choosing courses. Rationale. DL is IL Important local issue Need for issues to be addressed Are you … a DL course?

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ready steady study

Ready, Steady, Study!

Heather Baba (ADMC)

Phil Cozens (PI)

overview
Overview
  • Why the LI-SIG?
  • Local situation
  • Why and what is DL?
  • Questionnaires
  • IL Skills
  • Readiness
  • Choosing courses
rationale
Rationale
  • DL is IL
  • Important local issue
  • Need for issues to be addressed
  • Are you … a DL course?
    • debating
    • doing
    • done
local situation
Local Situation
  • Working overseas
    • Need to improve
    • Need to keep up-to-date
    • General interest
    • Flexibility
  • Constraints
    • Time
    • Finances
    • Family
    • Availability
what is dl
What is DL?
  • Who is at a distance?
  • Correspondence courses
    • Almost everything through the mail.
  • Fully online
    • Scheduled logins and class participation
      • Chat sessions – video conferencing – shared whiteboards – wikis
  • Blended courses
    • Everything else
questionnaires
Questionnaires
  • 76% taken or taking DL courses
  • Only 15% not for higher degrees
  • Majority related to Education/Language
  • Most “Distance Only”
    • Perception differences between groups
      • Taking courses 77%
      • Not taking courses 27%
problems
Problems
  • 57% experienced problems
    • Feelings of isolation/communication 29%
    • Feedback
    • Time management 25%
    • Technology
    • Time
    • Motivation 20%
    • Lack of guidance
    • Status 15%
    • Materials
il skills
IL Skills
  • What skills are necessary?
    • Over to you
  • Additions
  • Deletions
readiness
Readiness
  • Multiple online surveys and advice
  • Surveys and advice support findings
  • Differences
    • Health v stress
    • Focus on technology and equipment
    • Willingness to learn e-skills
      • Assumption that DL is online
criteria for choosing a course
Criteria for choosing a course
  • Have pre-requisite qualifications
  • Positive feedback from participants
  • General reputation of institution
  • Finance and payment schemes
  • Access to resources/materials required
  • Personal investment required
  • Materials provided
  • Support provided
course specific criteria
Course specific criteria
  • Length of course
  • Residence requirements
  • Relationship to circumstances/skills
  • Course structure
    • Modular
    • Tasks / Essays
    • Exams / Dissertations
  • Flexibility of deadlines
  • Mode
what are your priorities
What are your priorities?
  • Type of course
    • Level and Title
      • e.g. EdD TESOL Publishing
    • Your criteria
choosing a course
Choosing a course
  • Finding the information
    • The internet
    • Professional magazines
    • Other institutions
    • Friends and colleagues
  • Sorting out the acronyms
    • Does anyone know what they mean?
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