4 (1), 2003
Welcome to Volume 4, Number 1 of TOJDE
Three months are over since the 1st October 2002. Now again I am pleased to inform you that Vol.:4, Number:1 issue of The Turkish Online Journal of Distance Education-TOJDE has been issued on the web site http://tojde.anadolu.edu.tr TOJDE is meeting with its readers for the 9th time, since 2000 January.
J. Howard BAKER
NOTES FOR EDITOR: An E-journal That Facilitates Faculty-Student Collaboration
An important mission confronting educators is that of challenging students to do scholarly research and publishing. Faculty-student collaboration is an important aspect of this endeavor. A unique web site (www.weLeadInLearning.org) has been created that supports interdisciplinary research, writing, and faculty-student collaboration. The web site hosts the new E-Journal of Organizational Learning and Leadership, which contains a college student’s section as well as a professional section.
Kamal Kishore JAIN
Managing Virtual Teams in a Virtual University - Students' Experiences
The business is becoming global in scale and perspective. The developments have encompassed every business activity- education being no exception. The advancement of information technology is already transforming the education industry in a large scale worldwide. The opportunities for learning via the electronic environment are virtually limitless. E-learning transcends typical time and space barriers, allowing students to access learning opportunities day and night from various corners of the world. In higher institutions, e-learning is making it possible for non-traditional students, those with families, full time jobs and all other kinds of responsibilities, to earn degrees, enabling learning to become a lifelong enterprise. The growth in this sector has been phenomenal. There is a growing recognition of the fact that e-learning will be critical to the success of individuals, organizations, communities, and economies in the dawning knowledge economy.
The growing market of e-learning now faces the challenges of equaling the success of traditional classroom. As there are some serious opportunities in all this, there are many obstacles to overcome. One serious drawback of this system is that it lacks human touch. However, by the use of virtual teams universities offering such kind of learning environment can overcome the problem of lack of human touch. We need to develop ways and means of making such virtual teams of students work effectively. The Paper explains the kind of assignments that can be developed and given to students to work on them by forming virtual teams. The Paper also examines the ways and means of making virtual team effective based on the experience of the students who worked in virtual teams to work on assignments given to them as a part of the coursework. The study was conducted on a group of 23 students registered for the course "Managerial Leadership" at MBA level. The course is a part of the MBA degree at University Tun Abdul Razak, the first virtual university of Malaysia. The students registered for this course came from different geographical locations as diverse as Johor, Penang, Sabah, Ipoh, Kedah, and Kuala Lumpur and they are all working people. The paper is based on individual reports submitted by each student at the end of the semester.
Keywords: Virtual Teams, E-Learning, Relationships
Toward An Effective Quality Assurance of Web-Based Learning: The perspective of Distance Learning Students
Recent developments have seen quality assurance become more sophisticated in scope, covering more than course material and aiming to assure learner support and delivery. The effects of globalization in the educational market, and identifies how important quality assurance will be in an environment in which learner have choices, see themselves as customers as much as students, and will increasingly demand evidence of the quality procedures of the purchase they are making. Having said all of that, the perspective of students is very important because they are also key stakeholders within the framework of distance educational institutions. Recently, there is a significant growth in the number of distance learning students in Hong Kong. Thus, the objective of this research is to evaluate an effective model of quality assurance for Web-based learning in terms of the perspective of students. This research will contribute in identifying the critical success factors within the framework of quality assurance model for Web-based learning. By understanding the key factors from student perspective, management at distance education institutions can evaluate and enhance their quality assurance mechanism so that they can improve the quality of their services to the students.
Keywords: Quality Assurance, Web-Based Learning, Distance Education
Ismail Hakki MIRICI
The Factors Affecting The Succes In English Proficiency Exams And Possible Contrubitions of The Internet
It is a widely known fact that today, language proficiency exams are indispensable parts of our academic life. Especially, those who aim to achieve the objectives in an educational system are in need of declaring and proving that they have a good command of at least one foreign language-most commonly English. English proficiency exams such as FCE, CAE, IELTS and TOEFL are some of the most well-known commercial tests that assess four language skills and language competence of language users. In addition to these exams academicians, state employees and military staff in Turkey can take some exams given by the Student Selection and Placement Center of the Higer Educational Council (O.S.Y.M.), such as KPDS and UDS. These standard tests also have some parts assesing language proficiency similar to those in other commercial tests.
The purpose of this experimental study is to examine,with the eyes of a programme designer, the obstacles of the exam takers who cannot be successful enough in the proficiency exams although they have studied English for a long period of time; and to introduce some practical solutions to their problems via internet as well.
Keywords: Language Proficiency Exams, Foregin Language Proficiency Examination for State Employees (KPDS), UDS, FCE, CAE, IELTS, TOEFL, Higher Educational Council (YOK), The Student Selection and Placement Center (O.S.Y.M. )
Designing A Database Management System For Course Design In Distance Education
This study aims to apply a systematical approach to manage the costs of distance education course design in Open Education Faculty of Anadolu University. In this framework, an overview of the distance education course delivery materials design processes is presented. In particular Open Education Faculty’s course delivery materials design processes are examined. It is observed that the current system does not support the collection, storage and manipulation of both used and created data during course delivery materials design and production processes. An information system is designed to provide a basis for managing the costs of future events more accurately and timely.
Keywords: Distance Education, Open Education Faculty, Turkey, Systematical Aproach, Anadolu Universty, Design and Productuon Process
Reviewed By By S K PULIST
REVIEW: “Education Technology" by Satya Pal Ruhela (ed)
Educational Technology has an important role to play in all the educational pursuits. Leith defines educational technology as the application of scientific knowledge about learning and the conditions of learning to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of teaching and training. It has undergone many innovations which have enriched the process imparting and acquiring of education. The volume under review is one step ahead in understanding the educational technology from its core. It provides the very foundation of the theme and appropriately builds the basis of education with technological intervention.