Saturday, December 8, 2007

Face to face / web based learning

I have been reading and thinking about the differences between delivering face-to-face and online delivery. I have put some of my ideas in the following table.

Any other ideas???
Face to face learning environment
Web based delivery
Engaging learners with quality materials
Physical presence of teacher
Needs to be able to compensate for the lack of physical
presence in the virtual classroom by creating a supportive environment
where all learners feel comfortable participating and where learners know
that their teacher is accessible.
Largely based on high level of oral communication
High level of written and verbal communication skills
for communication.
Values critical thinking in the learning process.
Text based resources
Digital resources come in many forms and include content-free
resources, such as software applications and communication tools, and
content-rich resources. Content-rich resources provide a clear learning
intention as well as an engaging learning experience, immersion in a context,
and a benchmark for learners' own work. Learners can view from a variety
of resources to reinforce their own learning. Learners have control when
and if they access the digital resources.
Provide opportunities for learners to control their
own learning to become independent learners.
Creating learning situations
Designing environments that engage learners
Requiring learners to construct knowledge in a way
which is most meaningful to them
No flexibility for learners when they learn –
lessons are provided at a given time
Provide flexibility for learners when they learn
No flexibility for learners where they learn –
in face-to-face situations
Provide flexibility for learners where they learn
Synchronous discussion only not allowing for time
to reflect before sharing ideas
Design ways for learners to add to asynchronous learning
allowing the learner to read, reflect, write, revise if wanting to before
sharing ideas with colleagues
Act as moderator to organise, plan, establish and
maintain relationships by guiding and developing discussion
Provide intellectual stimulation
Encourage participation
Design opportunities for purposeful interactivity
which is engaging and stimulating
Imparts knowledge and skills to learners
Provides guidance and support to learners
Provides scaffolding to ensure learner success during
self-directed learning

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