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The development of a WebCT learning environment to support life science part-time programmes of study

CLAD, LDU (2004) The development of a WebCT learning environment to support life science part-time programmes of study. Project Report. University of Birmingham, Birmingham. (Unpublished)

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Identification Number/DOI: HIST004

Abstract

The design of a WebCT site which is used to provide a significant volume of diverse support material for the course, including references, links to topical news stories and additional lecture notes, copies of power point files, instructions for residential weeks, etc. Both course leaders update the site frequently and students also send in material and links to be added. A forum facility for the exchange of ideas between students was also instigated.

Students are mature adults, rather than 18-21 year olds, who live over a wide geographic area

Aim iii) was not fully achieved – instead we have moulded the project to support our part-time students in the manner most suited to their requirements, and have focussed on using WebCT to provide extra material to supplement course meetings.

It became apparent that on-line learning units were not suitable for all of the students: some students in the current cohort do not have regular access to the internet and most use dial-up internet connections on a pay-as-you-go basis. Obviously these students are not keen on being on-line for long periods of time. Consequently the production of lectures that could be directly downloaded and studied off-line were trialled. However it was found that dial-up is not suited to downloading the kind of quantity of material that would be needed for an on-line lecture. As access to the internet was not a pre-requisite of the course, this meant the use of WebCT was unable to be used to provide core on-line lectures for this particular programme. However this aspect was successfully implemented for another programme

The project will act as a model for other Bioscience programmes of study

Type of Work:Monograph (Project Report)
School/Faculty:Schools (1998 to 2008) > School of Biosciences
Department:School of Biosciences
Additional Information:

The original papers that comprise this project are stored at Centre for Learning and Academic Development (CLAD), University of Birmingham. Please contact CLAD using the email address cladprojects@contacts.bham.ac.uk for any further information.

Series/Collection Name:Education Enhancement Projects
Keywords:discussion groups, online tutorial system, WebCT, learning environment,learning resources,on-line, learning environment, studied at home, exchange of ideas, ideas, learning communities, tutorial groups, tutor development, forum, reporting system
Subjects:L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Funders:LDU LEaP
Copyright Status:This project report is copyright of the author and the University of Birmingham. Any use made of information contained in this project must be acknowledged. Further distribution or reproduction in any format is prohibited without the permission of the copyright holder.
Copyright Holders:University of Birmingham
ID Code:1478

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