Web CT: The Educational Institutions Future Or Merely A Lick And A Promise PROCEEDINGS
James Gallagher, Napier University, United Kingdom
World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education, in Washington, DC, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-54-9 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
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.
Gallagher, J. (2004). Web CT: The Educational Institutions Future Or Merely A Lick And A Promise. In J. Nall & R. Robson (Eds.), Proceedings of World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education 2004 (pp. 643-648). Chesapeake, VA: AACE.
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