Browsing 05. Pan-Commonwealth Forum 5 (PCF5), 2008 by Subject "eLearning"
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PublicationDevelopments in e-Learning in Education in Samoa: Issues, Challenges, Strategies and Recommendations for the Way Forward( 2008) Chan Mow, IoanaPCF5: Cross-Cutting Theme // This paper looks at e-learning initiatives in education in Samoa, focusing on developments at the National University of Samoa (NUS) and the Ministry of Education Sports and Culture (MESC). The main aims of these developments are the provision of access to learning, bridging the technological divide, and the promotion and pursuit of open education resources (OERs) The API Environmental series is an example of collaborative course development by 7 universities to increase access in the Asia Pacific region to online courses in areas identified as having relevance and importance across the region such as environmental studies and disaster management. The NUS CISCO academy funded by a partnership between International telecommunications Union (ITU), UNDP and CISCO was set up as part of CISCO and ITU’s LDC initiative to build capacity in least developed countries like Samoa, in an attempt to bridge the digital divide. Developments at MESC include broadcasting lessons for primary schools and the SchoolNet project aimed at providing computers in secondary and primary schools, the development of OERs hosted on a portal and the provision of community access after hours. But perhaps the most viable and prominent of these is our involvement in the Commonwealth of learning developments such as the FLOSS4EduPacific for the promotion of use of open source software, and the advances made within the Virtual university (VUSSC). VUSSC activities include participation in the online course development bootcamps, training in the wiki-educator workshops for NUS staff, and outreach for the Community tele-centres and the SchoolNet centres. // The discussion includes issues and concerns which have unfolded from these initiatives such as the need for a stable technical infrastructure, sustainability in terms of resources and the need for a pedagogical framework. The paper concludes with a set of recommendations for future development in the area of e-learning. // Paper ID 197
PublicationEffective Management and Application of ICT towards the Accessibility to Learning for Development in Distance, Collaborative and E-learning Among Working Adult Learners in Tertiary Education in the Malaysian Public Universities( 2008) Lee, Tan LuckPCF5: Cross-Cutting Theme // Purpose – This research is attempts to examine the effectiveness of the management and application of ICT facilities for working adult learners accessing the distance and collaborative teaching and learning opportunities for development by attending the off-campus diploma and degree programs offered in the Malaysian public universities. Effective management of the state of the art ICT and e-learning platform plays an important part in the successful implementation of distance, collaborative and e learning for the working adult learners. Andragogical approaches in the teaching and learning process with the application of ICT culture would create intelligence, academic excellence and quality work life of working adult learners. The working adult learners’ demographic factors, such as age, gender, academic, professional achievement and working experiences are also taken into consideration. // Design/ methodology/ approach – Six dimensions of distance, collaborative and e learning andragogical approaches in the teaching and learning (ICT accessibility and e-learning management domain, demographic domain, adult learners’ learning culture, environment, external domain and learners’ efficacy) were examined to determine the effective management and application of ICT towards the accessibility to learning for development in distance, collaborative and e-learning for working adult learners. // Finding - In general, there is a significant difference among factors stated above with effective management and application of ICT in distance, collaborative and e learning among the working adult learners. The andragogical approaches in teaching and learning are also closely related to the managerial skills in distance, collaborative and e learning of working adult learners. In addition, the course tutors and instructions are another two essential factors found to be the strong fundamentals of successful implementation of distance, collaborative and e learning for the working adult learners in Malaysia. // Research limitations/ implications – This study represents an addition to the extant literature on management and application of ICT platform in distance, collaborative and e-learning for working adult learners in Malaysian tertiary education and working adult learners’ efficacy in the usage of ICT in creating intelligence and academic excellence. // Practical implications – The tutors’ effective management in the application of ICT and elearning platform is important to inculcate the working adult learners’ teaching and learning environment for academic excellence and achievement couple with the accessibility to learning will spur further the successful implementation of total e learning perspective. // Originality/ value – This study provides further groundwork to assist existing and would-be tutors, academia and education managers to improve ICT and e learning platform and accessibility for learning, their work quality and quality of life among the teaching staffs and working adult learners to achieve high standard of civil obligations by maximizing intelligence and academic excellence among working adult learners. // Paper ID 282