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E-learning in Higher Education. Professor Paul Bacsich Sheffield Hallam University Ramkhamhaeng University 27 February 2002. Topics. Definition of e-learning SWOT analysis of e-learning Examples of UK activities Issues in e-learning. Definition.

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E learning in higher education

E-learning in Higher Education

Professor Paul Bacsich

Sheffield Hallam University

Ramkhamhaeng University

27 February 2002


  • Definition of e-learning

  • SWOT analysis of e-learning

  • Examples of UK activities

  • Issues in e-learning


  • The use of Internet and communications technology to deliver and support learning by students both at a distance and on campus

    • includes use of e-content

    • but is more than that

E learning commentary
E-learning commentary

  • Not “pure” use of print materials

  • Includes television and video (technological convergence)

  • Does not exclude f2f (blended learning)

  • Has many uses on-campus and near-campus (residences)

E l compared with f2f
E-L compared with f2f

  • Strengths:

    • Any time any place (Martini)

    • Less pressure on performance skills

    • Potential lower institutional costs

  • Weaknesses:

    • Much higher development costs

    • Higher technology costs for institution and students

    • More need for pedagogic planning

E l compared with f2f1
E-L compared with f2f

  • Opportunities:

    • Allows more diverse groups of students

    • May reduce need for f2f contact for routine questions, advice etc

    • Gets students used to Internet

    • Encourages team working (employers)

  • Threats:

    • Change; but

    • US entrants may take e-students

Uk he examples
UK HE examples

  • University for Industry

  • eUniversity

  • Open University

  • Consortia of universities (Universitas 21, World University Network)

  • Virtual Campus operations

E courses examples
E-courses - examples

  • Use of e-content to speed up the learning of IT

  • Use of collaborative tools in MBA

  • Computer Assisted Language Learning

  • Master class lectures

E content and it
E-content and IT

  • Learning of Microsoft systems (Word, PowerPoint, etc)

  • Several suppliers have packages that train students (and staff) in these packages

  • Reduces need for specialised instructors

  • Allows individualised instruction

E courses mba
E-courses - MBA

  • Use of collaborative tools in MBA

  • Much syndicate work can be done not f2f but over the network

  • Can use asynchronous tools (computer conferencing) if done over several days

  • Or synchronous tools when time-limited simulations are needed

E courses collaboration
E-courses - collaboration

  • Use of collaborative tools

  • Also useful for discussing ethical, medical, philosophical, legal or regulatory issues

  • especially in situations where “there is no right answer”

  • allows students to learn from each other and differ from instructor view without an overt challenge

E courses call
E-courses - CALL

  • Computer Assisted Language Learning

  • useful for areas of rote learning

    • e.g. alphabet, grammar etc

  • but also for “situated” learning (video) especially in real-world situations

  • use of text chat to embed learning and develop social skills in language

E courses

  • Master class lectures

  • Allows use of “remote” experts

    • in other universities or industry or not resident in Thailand

  • and use of Thai experts to disseminate expertise

    • to industry etc

  • Need not be a long linear video

Issues in e learning
Issues in e-learning

  • Technology is soluble/buyable

  • Staff development:

    • how to use the packages

    • why to use the packages

  • student support

  • management understanding of the issues that concern staff:

    • training, rewards, time and cost

Time and cost issues
Time and cost issues

  • Developing content takes time and concentration

  • but teaching using e-content may save staff time (eg in IT skills)

  • Different kinds of time

  • e-learning may save costs but more normally changes the pattern of costs

Thank you for listening


Thank you for listening

Paul Bacsich


Sheffield Hallam University