Interaction at a Distance: An Approach for Redesigning for Distance Education
2012 (English)In: WORLD ACADEMY OF SCIENCE, ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY ISSUE 0065 MAY 2012, ARTCLE 48, World Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology , 2012, 242-248 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Different forms of interaction are an integral part of modern courses. Traditional courses held on-campus might focus on teacher-student interaction, or student-student interaction, or both. However when these traditional on-campus courses are to be held as distance courses there is a risk that these well-designed interactions will be difficult or impossible to uphold. For example, student-student interaction in traditional project assignments might not work well if the students are scattered across the world. Thus, even a well-designed traditional on-site course cannot without modification be turned into a distance course. Traditional on-site courses simply have to be redesigned to become true distance courses. This paper describes a structured approach which facilitates the redesign of a traditional course into a distance course. The approach is based on that the desired forms of course flexibility are identified, and thereafter that the course activities are redesigned to facilitate interaction in a distance course. The approach is making use of known patterns of pedagogic interaction and existing guidelines for distance education design. The approach is illustrated with an example course in the field of information systems design.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
World Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology , 2012. 242-248 p.
Distance education, course design
Research subject Computer and Systems Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-86105OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-86105DiVA: diva2:586175
International Conference on Open Learning and Distance Education (ICOLDE 2012), Amsterdam, The Netherlands, May 13-14, 2012