Volume 1, Issue 2 - August 1997

Requirements-Driven ALN Course Design, Development, Delivery & Evaluation

Stephen J. Andriole, CIGNA

The best path to effective asynchronous learning network (ALN)-based course design, delivery and evaluation is through a requirements-driven methodology that recognizes the uniqueness of ALN-based learning. The methodology calls for the identification of purposeful and functional requirements, the identification of pre-course, early-course, mid-course and end-course activities, course "packaging" and prototyping,...

Paradigms for On-Line Learning: A Case Study in the Design and Implementation of an Asynchronous Learning Networks (ALN) Course

John R. Bourne, Vanderbilt University
Eric McMaster, Vanderbilt University
Jennifer Rieger, Vanderbilt University
J. Olin Campbell, Vanderbilt University

This paper examines paradigms used in on-line learning, with a specific emphasis on how to effectively employ asynchronous learning networks for delivery of on-line courses. Recent progress in ALNs is presented, methodologies for getting started in creating an ALN course given,...

The Future of the University in an Age of Knowledge

James J. Duderstadt, President Emeritus and University Professor of Science and Engineering, The University of Michigan

We have entered an age of knowledge in which educated people and their ideas, facilitated and augmented by rapidly evolving information technology, have become not only key to our social well-being but a driving force for great change in all social...

Impacts of college-level courses via Asynchronous Learning Networks: Some Preliminary Results

Starr Roxanne Hiltz, Department of Computer and Information Science (CIS), New Jersey Institute of Technology

New Jersey Institute of Technology has been delivering college courses via an Asynchronous Learning Network (ALN) system called the Virtual ClassroomTM for a decade, using various media mixes. Currently, two complete undergraduate degree programs are available via a mix of video plus Virtual Classroom, the B.A. in Information Systems and...

The Efficiency of Telelearning

Jef Moonen, Faculty of Educational Science and Technology, University of Twente

Telelearning relates to "making connections among people and resources, via communication technologies, for learning-related purposes". Telelearning as a general term includes asynchronous learning activities; in all cases efficiency is an important construct. Efficiency is defined as the relation between costs and effects/quality. An educational system is said to be "efficient"...

CyberProfTM- An Intelligent Human-Computer Interface for Interactive Instruction on the World Wide Web

Deanna M. Raineri, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Bradley G. Mehrtens, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Alfred W. Hubler, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Advances in computer technology and the human-computer interface have created a wealth of new opportunities for the development of computer-based instruction and intelligent tutoring systems. Unfortunately, much of the material currently available amounts to little more than "electronic books" in which learning is still accomplished by reading...