Interactive case study experiences applied to the managed learning environment.

Gallagher, James (2004) Interactive case study experiences applied to the managed learning environment. Internet Business Review, 1. p. 18. ISSN 1832-1151

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Experience in building interactive multimedia case studies has been examined and the
lessons from this have been applied to the more extensive creation of a Managed
Learning Environment, based on WebCT. WebCT serves three distinct groups:
student, lecturer and institution. However, a problem arises when the institution, in
terms of its administration, fails to see beneath the surface of the innovative
application. If for example, it views the inherent communication tools as control
mechanism it will minimise application benefits rather than maximise them.
Experience obtained from building interactive multimedia applications and from data
obtained from two years of MBA classes highlighted the intrinsic difficulties and
requirements demanded from such a construct. Unless supported, lecturers will only
comply with administration to the minimum acceptable level. It became apparent that
support of the lecturer had to be nurtured if successful applications were to be
developed. All too often it is assumed that computers are replacements for lecturers.
That the system can substitute for the lecturer. The reality is that WebCT augments
and enriches the learning process but in itself is dependent on the lecturer for its
efficacy. Furthermore, the promise of cost efficiencies associated with computer
based delivery are likely to prove more illusory than real.

Item Type: Article
Print ISSN: 1832-1151
Uncontrolled Keywords: Managed learning environment; WebCT; interactive multimedia;
University Divisions/Research Centres: The Business School > School of Management and Law
Dewey Decimal Subjects: 000 Computer science, information & general works > 020 Library & information sciences
300 Social sciences > 370 Education
Library of Congress Subjects: Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > Z665 Library Science. Information Science
L Education > L Education (General)
Item ID: 2161
Depositing User: RAE Import
Date Deposited: 02 May 2008 10:29
Last Modified: 02 May 2008 10:29

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