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Wholly online learning in environmental science

Miller, Kelly 2007, Wholly online learning in environmental science, International journal of learning, vol. 13, no. 10, pp. 95-103.

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Title Wholly online learning in environmental science
Author(s) Miller, Kelly
Journal name International journal of learning
Volume number 13
Issue number 10
Start page 95
End page 103
Publisher Common Ground Publishing
Place of publication Altona, Vic.
Publication date 2007
ISSN 1447-9494
1447-9540
Keyword(s) online learning
environmental science
collaborative group work
Summary In recent years there has been a significant shift in the way courses and subjects are delivered to students in tertiary institutions. Advances in technology have resulted in a change to the traditional face-to-face lecture and tutorial teaching format, with many subjects in tertiary education now available online. Although research has explored the advantages and disadvantages of online learning, there has been little attention paid to this teaching format in the field of environmental science. In particular, there is little evidence in the literature to suggest that this method of teaching is appropriate for studies in environmental science or for environmental science students. This study examined the outcomes from a wholly online subject in environmental science at Deakin University, Australia. More specifically, the study aimed to investigate student views about online learning in environmental science as well as online group work. Questionnaires were distributed to all students who completed the core second year subject Society and Environment in semester 1, 2005. Although many of the responding students (n = 48) recognised the benefits of wholly online learning, the findings suggest that most prefer to learn in a face-to-face environment. This paper examines the implications of these findings for future online teaching methods in this discipline.
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Language eng
Field of Research 130303 Education Assessment and Evaluation
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2007, Common Ground Publishing
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