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An evaluation of a distributed learning system

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Abstract:

Presents an evaluation of a pioneering attempt to deliver a distributed learning Web-enabled system developed and piloted at RMIT University. Data were gathered from: a survey of students undertaking three undergraduate courses and one postgraduate course at one academic department at RMIT; in-depth focus group reviews; and lecturer summaries of their experience of using the DLS. One of these courses was offered to international students in Singapore as part of a mixed face-to-face and Web-delivery format. Results indicate that the DLS is generally popular with students. Difficulties were encountered with IT technical support and this provided an unnecessary level of frustration, however, results were generally encouraging. Concludes that the DLS needs to be more effectively used to support a more engaging learning experience and that students need to take more responsibility for their learning.

Keywords: Computer-based training; Internet; Teachers

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1108/EUM0000000005426

Publication date: 2001-03-01

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