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Developing and asynchronous learning network

Goodwin, Christine, Graham, Mary and Scarborough, Helen 2001, Developing and asynchronous learning network, Educational technology and society, vol. 4, no. 4, pp. 39-47.

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Title Developing and asynchronous learning network
Author(s) Goodwin, Christine
Graham, Mary
Scarborough, Helen
Journal name Educational technology and society
Volume number 4
Issue number 4
Start page 39
End page 47
Publisher International Forum of Educational Technology & Society
Place of publication Palmerston North, N.Z.
Publication date 2001
ISSN 1436-4522
1176-3647
Keyword(s) Computer mediated communication
Collaborative learning
Learning environment
Distance learning
Asynchronous learning network
Online environment
Summary Deakin University, Australia, has committed resources over a number of years to developing the use of information and communication technologies in all aspects of teaching and learning. This paper focuses on the development over a four year period of an Asynchronous Learning Network (ALN) for distance education students studying undergraduate introductory macroeconomics. The research is based on quantitative and qualitative data gained from student evaluations, academic staff interviews, participation levels and an analysis of the online communication. Key findings from the research relate to the quality of the learning environment, the level of communication, and the role of academic staff in the learning experience. Strategies discussed for the successful use of an ALN include the nurturing of a collaborative learning environment, the adaptation of curriculum and pedagogy, the role of assessment, and the role of academic staff training and development.
Language eng
Field of Research 130306 Educational Technology and Computing
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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