The Internet can be a useful tool that can enhance interactivity in classes. Accordingly, offering distance learning courses using the Web, especially in the asynchronous mode for the additional flexibility of time, is becoming an established practice in higher education. Web‑based distance learning comes with numerous benefits, but not without worries for potentials deficiencies. One such deficiency in the current distance learning framework is the lack of lecture, the most relied‑upon and proven means o f instruction in the traditional classroom settings. This paper raises an issue of the lack of lectures in Web‑based distance learning, and proposes that streaming video take the role of online lecture in that setting. Described in this paper are the rati onale to put the lecture back into e‑learning in higher education, two case studies in which the steps were taken to implement the proposed method, and the feedback from the students who took such courses in the undergraduate business curriculum and the M BA program.
Keywords: : Web-based education, Asynchronous learning, e-Learning in Higher Education, Sage on the Stage, Guide on the Side, Online Lecture
The number of virtual learning environments (VLEs) is increasing. Already a few case studies claim that VLEs are more effective as a learning method than traditional lecturing. Many of these case studies are in the area of information and communication technology (ICT). Therefore, the good learning results are not surprising. The aim of this paper is to examine the suitability of a VLE for higher education by comparing learning with a VLE and learning in a traditional lecture on an occupational safety engineering course. We will compare the learning results and the students opinions of their learning process The results show that the VLE students outperformed the lecture students. On the basis of these results and previous case studies, the VLE is su itable for higher education. Nevertheless VLEs should be used with caution in higher education. They should add extra value to a course. One possible value would be to use the VLE self‑study method to evaluate ones learning before a final exam.
Keywords: virtual learning environment, occupational safety engineering, higher education, comparison of learning
Virtual University of Pakistan uses hybrid model of education to impart knowledge to the knowledge seeker/students. This model has three basic components namely, physical campuses, lectures broadcast through television network and the mentoring and tutori ng of students through the internet. This paper highlights in detail the working of this model and also indicates some issues that were encountered and solution proposed to overcome them
Keywords: Hybrid Model, Moderated Discussion Board, MDB, Graded Moderated Discussion Board, GMDB, Private Virtual Campuses, PVC