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Journal Issue
Volume 3 Issue 1 / Jan 2005  pp1‑81

Editor: Shirley Williams

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Sage on the Stage in the Digital Age: The Role of Online Lecture in Distance Learning  pp1‑14

Q B. Chung

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Project Learning and Virtual Collaboration ‑ A Master Program in ICT and Learning  pp15‑22

Bo Fibiger et al

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Suitability of a Virtual Learning Environment for Higher Education  pp23‑32

Marileena Koskela, Piia Kiltti, Inka Vilpola, Janne Tervonen

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Abstract

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 ones learning before a final exam. 

 

Keywords: virtual learning environment, occupational safety engineering, higher education, comparison of learning

 

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Martin-Willems

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Teaching Scientific/Academic Writing in the Digital Age  pp43‑54

Arna Peretz

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Hybrid Model for e‑Learning at Virtual University of Pakistan  pp55‑64

Saba Khalil Toor

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Using Data Mining for e‑Learning Decision Making  pp65‑81

David Monk

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