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Creating and nurturing distributed asynchronous learning environments

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Abstract:

The introduction of Web-based course instruction into an existing degree programme offers the opportunity to re-examine models supporting learning and the transfer of knowledge among students enrolled in such courses. By removing the barriers of time and place, instructors can create and sustain student learning communities supported by interactive communication tools grounded in asynchronous learning models. The instructor's role moves to that of a facilitator who seeks to stimulate interactions between students and between students and the instructor, in the pursuit of improved learning and knowledge base construction.

Keywords: Computer networks; Distance learning; Internet; Learning

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/14684520010350632

Publication date: August 1, 2000

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