Volume 1, Issue 1 - March 1997

The Economics of ALN: Some Issues

Lanny Arvan, Associate Professor of Economics, Associate Director, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

This paper examines the social cost of ALN. This social cost is considered from several vantage points. First, student time is identified as the primary input in instruction. This time investment is not forthcoming automatically - several incentive problems must be resolved to elicit it. The resolution of these incentive...

A Model for On-Line Learning Networks in Engineering Education

J. R. Bourne Ph.D, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Professor of Management of Technology, Vanderbilt University
J. Brodersen, Ph.D , Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Vanderbilt University
J. O. Campbell, Ph.D , Research Associate Professor of Engineering Education, Vanderbilt University
M. M. Dawant, M.S., Research Instructor of Electrical Engineering, Vanderbilt University
R. G. Shiavi, Ph.D, Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Vanderbilt University

Reprinted in the JALN with permission of the American Society of Engineering Education; the original article appears in the Journal of Engineering Education, Vol. 85, No 3: A Model for On-Line Learning...

"Free Trade" in Higher Education: The Meta University

William H. Graves, Chief Information Officer (interim), Information Technology Services, University of North Carolina

The Internet can be a tool for increasing access to education while also maintaining or improving the quality of students'learning. But if information technology is "onto" existing programs,instructional costs increase. Instead, higher...

Writing Across the Curriculum Encounters Asynchronous Learning Networks or WAC Meets Up With ALN

Gail E. Hawisher, Department of English, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Michael A. Pemberton, Department of English, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

This paper illustrates some of the problems and successes that the authors encountered while integrating ALN into a writing across the curriculum program and an online writing lab at a large research university. Using transcripts from ALN class discussions, the authors examine students’ networked interactions and analyze the classes’ responses...

Asynchronous Learning Networks: A Sloan Foundation Perspective

Frank Mayadas, Program Officer, The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

This paper is based on a chapter in THE LEARNING REVOLUTION, the challenge of Information Technology in Academia (Diana G.Oblinger and Sean C. Rush, eds.), to be published this year by Anker Publishing Co., Boston, Mass. Over the years small numbers of motivated individuals have studied by themselves, away from university...

Gender Similarity in the Use of and Attitudes About ALN in a University Setting

John C. Ory, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Cheryl Bullock, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Kristine Burnaska, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

This paper presents the results of an investigation of male and female student use of and attitudes about ALN after one year of implementation in a university setting. Results of the study revealed no significant gender differences....

Costs for the Development of a Virtual University

Murray Turoff, Distinguished Professor of Computer and Information Science, New Jersey Institute of Technology

This paper is an update of one that the author published in 1982. It deals with the costs and effort required to set up a first class academic program for 2000 students that is made up of students and faculty scattered around the world. The establishment of such a University...