Monthly Archives: March 2006

The Benefits and Drawbacks of E-learning

Kevin Kruse of Elearning Guru gives us a refresher course on e-learning. I do agree with Kruse that e-learning will find its place in an overall training strategy. Computers can never completely eliminate human instructors and other forms of educational delivery.

What I don’t agree with is his statement that with e-learning, you cut down time to learn by 40-60 percent. I think on average, you may spend the same time learning as you would online.

Sometimes online learning time is even longer: if you are a reflective learner, you would pore over reading materials for hours. Then you’d have to meet in WebCT and reply to asynchronous messages from classmates half across the world, in different time zones! That takes another hour. The main benefit that is clear is that you get into the habit of self-managed learning.

What do you think? Do the benefits outweigh the shortcomings of e-learning? What has been your experience?

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More Online Resources to Support Classroom Teaching

Found a really cool site for more materials for your class teaching. E-learning Centre‘s products and services links gives a range of tools, usually in producing online tests, quizzes and games.

A good number are free and looks fun to use. There’s Castle Toolkit for creating online interactive multiple choice questions. You don’t need to be a programmer to use Power Point Games. There are 30-day trial versions such as the ones found on Quia.com. Try out the free sample interactive games from eGames Generator. You may have come across some of the products listed there, but it’s a great site for getting e-tivities to weave into your class activities.

What free or paid-for sites have you recently used in your teaching? What was your experience in using any of them?