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Open Access Graduate Research Paper

Keywords

Distance education; Interactive multimedia; Group work in education; Telecommunication in education;

Abstract

While distance learning is now becoming a norm, instructional designers and distance educators alike need to relook at how instruction is occurring in the online environment to ensure interaction is present. This literature review shows how distance learning has evolved through the use of an ever-changing facilitator, namely technology. The review explores interaction and the role it plays in the learning process. Social learning stresses that learners need to interact in order to build their knowledge and since technology-enhanced worlds hinder face-to-face interaction, distance educators and designers can address these shortcomings by designing interactive and collaborative environments. In conclusion, taking advantage of technology-savvy learners and the available technology, educators can design courses that would maximize interaction. Instructional design enabling interactive and collaborative environments inherently promotes social learning and greater learner achievement levels.

Year of Submission

2010

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Department

Department of Curriculum and Instruction

First Advisor

J.A. Donaldson

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Date Original

2010

Object Description

1 PDF file (iv, 40 pages)

Language

EN

File Format

application/pdf

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