Online learning is by definition a student-centered activity, which means that the student accepts responsibility for the learning outcome. The Facilitator's role is that of a facilitator and guide. Rather than giving information (through lecture) to the student, the Facilitator provides the student with guidelines and learning activities, and offers feedback and evaluation as the student seeks information from various sources. Books and printed materials will be one important information source, but the Web will be an equally important source. Another will be colleagues enrolled in the course. The workplace, too, should not be overlooked.
Also, by definition, Online learning emphasizes process. That is, Online learning involves more than the accumulation and memorization of information: it includes exchanging (processing), evaluating, and applying information. The technological capabilities of the computer and the Internet allow such processes to be accomplished rapidly and comprehensively. A new term, technogogy, is being used to describe the transformational learning processes in the virtual classroom. Technogogy is the art and science of using interactive technology, not as a tool to support learning, but as a perspective for creating learning. It is accurate to say that the student is at the center of the learning process when technogogy is used, but because technogogy creates an organic environment and a multiplicity of learning opportunities, the Facilitator also is often learning in new ways. At the same time the technology is emerging into new levels of sophistication, offering further capabilities for learning. Consequently, it is more accurate to say that learning itself is at the center of the virtual classroom. In Online courses high levels of collaboration and interactivity are required to seek, evaluate, and process the almost limitless amount of available and useful information. The Facilitator assumes both leader and learner roles.
ONLINE DISTANCE EDUCATION
What is "Online Learning" at Nazarene Bible College?
definition of online learning is "computer-mediated,
asynchronous, interactive educational delivery." In somewhat
simpler terms, it is an educational process that relies on computer
communications to link faculty and students from many different
locations into interactive learning groups. It is designed primarily
for working professionals who need to continue their education or
complete a college degree but who -- because of location, work and/or
family requirements or other considerations -- are unable to
participate in traditional "on-campus" classes.
Once you enroll in an NBC Online class, you will receive special computer software with which you communicate with the college, your faculty mentor and your fellow students. As soon as you install the software, you will be invited to participate in an online orientation to learn how this computer conferencing system works.
Online courses are not self-paced nor open-ended. There are beginning and ending dates for each course, and there are deadline dates assigned for homework, reading, and online discussions. These time requirements are outlined in the course guide you receive with your ordered textbooks and are also confirmed by your faculty mentor during each week of instruction.
The DeCoSLO (Definition of Common Standards for Learning Objects) is a project developed by Online Learning, along with Edexcel, North Lincolnshire College, CEdMA, and Autodesk to develop a repository for learning objects. Online Learning is acting as the software developer, with North Lincolnshire College providing content
Online Learning is currently converting courseware for online delivery and assessment for Mass Spectrometer training specialists, Crawford Scientific. The original course material has been enhanced with the full use of interactive multimedia, including 3D modelling, animations and audio
-About Blue Web'n - A Brief Definition of Types
-GeoLearning Inc.: Online Learning
-Online Learning Links for Educators
-LD OnLine: Learning Disabilities Information & Resources
-Learning Options Online Campus
-The Learning Space Online Teacher Network
-Online Educa: Conference and Exhibition for Distance Learning and Training
-Pegasus Online Campus: Online instructor-led learning
-Access Learning Online
-Welcome To The Learning Center Online