sábado, junio 07, 2008

Estatus del e-learning en la academia

Mientras navegaba por los diferentes RSS en que estoy registrado me topé con este artículo sobre el estado del e-learning en educación superior. Exploring the e-learning State of Art de Evelyn Kigozy Kahiigi, Love Ekenberg, y Danielson del Departamento de Computadoras y Ciencias de Sistemas, Universidad de Estocolmo, Suecia; y F.F Tusubira del Directorado de ICT Support, Makerere University, Sweden.

"e-Learning implementation is an area in progress that continues to evolve with time and further research. Researchers in the field argue that e-learning is still in its infancy, resulting into numerous implementation strategies across a wide e-learning spectrum. It is particularly interesting to note that even in supposedly mature contexts, such as university education, there are wide discrepancies. While some universities have achieved considerable benefit in the adoption of e-learning (Meredith and Newton 2003), others are still struggling to realize the attainment of the minimal educational value (Marshall and Mitchell 2002). This is the case despite the skilled and interested personnel as well as increasing number of students in many cases forcing universities to embrace this education venture.

In this paper we explore the e-learning state of art. We provide a general overview of the learning process, evaluating some current implementation trends from which we point out a range of frameworks and strategies used in the past decade. We further look at the changes created by the adoption of e-learning within the higher education process. This is followed by an identification of emerging issues from which two problems are identified; 1) the limited uptake of technology as an instruction delivery method; and 2) the ineffective use of technology to support learning. In respect to this, future research should therefore seek to further investigate these aspects and to explore suitable approaches for effective implementation of e-learning to support learning. Not the least in higher education contexts."
Kahiigi, E. K. et al “Exploring the e-Learning State of Art.” The Electronic Journal of e-Learning Volume 6 Issue 2, pp77 -88, available online at www.ejel.org

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