E-Learning in Asia: Just as Good Is Not Good Enough
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Reeves, T. (2009). E-Learning in Asia: Just as Good Is Not Good Enough. International Journal on E-Learning, 8(4), 577-585. Chesapeake, VA: AACE.
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International Journal on E-Learning
Volume 8, Issue 4, October 2009
Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE) Chesapeake, VA
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The dramatic economic and social developments underway in Asia have been fueled by traditional education, but that is rapidly changing. E-learning is essential to further development in Asia and elsewhere around the world. Despite the laudable achievements described in the articles included in this special issue of the International Journal of E-Learning, many unresolved issues related to the effectiveness of online higher education in Asia remain. Three particularly interrelated thorny issues are: (1) access, (2) quality, and (3) accreditation. A deplorable lack of alignment persists in Asian online higher education enterprises among the critical elements of the learning environment, viz., higher order outcomes, specific objectives, content, instructional design, learner tasks, teacher roles, technological affordances, and assessment. Continuing to use e-learning to deliver the same instructional methods as traditional higher education in Asia will ultimately fail because “just as good” as what exists is simply not acceptable in light of the goals and needs of 21st Century learners.
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