WEBCT a Vehicle for Virtual Learning

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“Education is not reducible to the downloading of information, much less to the passive and solitary activity of staring at a screen. Education is an inter-subjective and social process, involving hands-on activity, spontaneity, and the communal experience of sharing in the learning enterprise…” (University of Washington in Seattle, open letter to state governor from the local branch of the AAUP, in David F. Noble, Digital Diploma Mills, Part III, “The Bloom Is Off the Rose”, 1998, http://webclass.cqu.edu.au/Why/Why/digital3/) Evidence from the United States, Canada and here in the UK indicates that the road which leads out of the traditional classroom based educational environment and into a virtual teaching and learning environment is neither straight nor smooth nor does it necessarily lead to the castle at the top of the hill. The use of ICTs such as VLEs (virtual learning environments) to manage learning in HE can be viewed as a response to either developments in technology or economic necessity with the needs of education often coming as an afterthought in the process. The objective of this report is twofold: 1) to present a general overview of how Coventry Business School has attempted to use WebCT to implement a VLE approach to its traditional teaching and learning activities and 2) in the process describe in outline a learning and teaching framework which could be used by as a starting point to develop effective course structures that would inform the process of online teaching and learning. Please note the other authors: S.Manak and P.Rogers


Keywords: ICTs, Virtual Learning Environments, Higher Education and Developments in Tecnology
Stream: Technology in Education
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
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Raymond Rogers

Senior Lecturer, Business School, Coventry University
Coventry, UK

Qualifications:BA Business Studies Chartered Institute Marketing (MCIM)Diploma In Management Studies (DMS) Masters in Business Administration (MBA). Biography: Twenty years industrial, I have experience within the fields of transport and heavy engineering specialising in Operations Management. I have experience in quality control and quality assurance. My industrial experience also includes the implementation of online manufacturing and control systems. I have working experience in both Further and Higher education sectors my main focus being in the area of operations management. I have also worked with a private education provider delivering a range of programme up to and including masters programmes .I have worked as part of a Coventry University team delivering education/training programs to two Health Authorities Research Interests My research interests include performance management and performance improvement. Quality management, and the role of Human Resources in quality improvement. Team work and team dynamics .

Ms Suki Kaur Manak

Senior Lecturer, Business School, Coventry University
Coventry, UK

Qualifications:BA Business Studies Certiciate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education Masters in Business Administration (MBA) Biography Years of retail and commercial experience in the private sector, I have experience within the fields of retail merchandise and buying. I have working experience in Higher education sectors my main focus being in the areas of business and strategic management. I have also worked with a private education provider delivering a range of programme up to and including intermediate and foundation courses. Research Interests My research interests include virtual learning, performance management and motivation.

Patricia Rogers

Head of Human Resource Management, Business School
Coventry, UK

Head of Human Resource department. Special interest in staff relations, in particular within small enterprises. Have a wide range of commercial experience within field of transportation industry, education management within the higher education sector. Additionally working as an advisor with Chartered Institute of Personnel Development, based in London. Have links with the primary care trusts within the health sector within the west midland participating in the recruitment of physicians. Have been involved with a number of committees
within both the education and health fields. I have further interest in the area of virtual learning and motivation.

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