5 (4), 2004
Welcome to Volume 5, Number 4 of TOJDE
I am pleased to inform you that Vol.:5 will be finish with its Number:4 issue of The Turkish Online Journal of Distance Education. TOJDE has been issued on the web site http://tojde.anadolu.edu.tr now. TOJDE is meeting with its readers for the 16th time, since 2000 January.
Avgoustos. A. TSINAKOS
Empowering the employment of Case Based Reasoning in VLE: The case were SYIM meets Moodle
The current paper describes a new feature called the “Question Module” incorporated in Moodle VLE. The Question Module is an improvement version of the “Process of Identification of Similar Question using CBR” originally developed in the SYIM VLE. The QM automates the process of replying to student’s queries using newly developed detection algorithms.
Keywords: Question Module, Asynchronous Distance Education, SYIM with Moodle VLE, Diagnosis Process, Greek Educational Network, Knowledge Base, Traditional Education, Distance Education.
Alper CABUK, Can AYDAY, Metin ALTAN & Saye N. KARADEMIRLER CABUK
GIS EDUCATION IN TURKEY:GIS Education under The Institute of Natural and Applied Sciences of Anadolu University and Online Education Proposal for International World Campus
Wealth of nations depends on the information rather than the natural resources they own. Information is not enough for a successful development; it is also outstandingly necessary to be able to manage this information. The first step to reach the findings is collecting the updated data. For this reason it is very important to collect and store the data properly (Ayday etal 2004). It is inevitable to use information technologies for evaluating data, analysis of the data and converting data to knowledge which are the fundamentals of natural sciences and engineering studies. According to spread of user-friendly applications and operation systems for computers, reduction of computer prices, increase in computer literacy and internet usage and communication opportunities create a great demand for professionals on computer and IT market. In addition to the demand for professionals in computer market, there is a great demand for GIS professionals worldwide and in the Turkey. The job market demand for people with GIS education is getting higher day by day. This demand has forced many universities to restructure their courses and programs and develop new undergraduate and graduate programs on Geomatics so as to meet the demand. This paper paid attention to the GIS education in Turkey and importance of internet base online education.
Keywords: Geographical Information Systems (GIS), Remote Sensing (RS), Internet Base Education, Anadolu, Turkey.
Use of Internet for Online Course Delivery: A Case-study
The success of an online learning project lies in the continuous study and improvement of the cardinal components of the online learning paradigm such as students’ attitude and the course content. This paper reports result of a case-study conducted at KFUPM regarding students’ attitude to online learning, the course material and the courses’ evaluation regime.
The study uses a questionnaire with twenty six questions over three different undergraduate courses. While results of the study may be specific to the local environment in which the study was conducted, the generality of the issues covered provide useful pointers to online projects in general.
Keywords: Online Learning, Effective Learning, Course Delivery, Studet Skills, Saud Arabia
Aytekin ISMAN & Fahme DABAJ
Attitudes of Students Towards Internet
By the developments of technology that is bridge among science and application to supply needs of human beings. Technology affects all aspects and issues in human being’s lives. Especially, it creates competitive trends and global action to people. On the other hand, adaptation to the changes becomes inevitable situation under the perspective of catching competition. Reaching information became the factor of creating easy life by the help of technology. Technological developments open wide range of oppurtunities for people especially in education. Internet is a part of technology in order to catch alternatives on every areas at competitive environment. It provides us to get efficient and fast information, establishing contact with everyone and to have a chance for searching all types of data with its globalization effect. Internet facilities contribute individual to search lonely in order to get information in a stable and comfortable way. This study is vital because of reflecting current and neccessary applications at education which is using internet in an efficient way. Because internet provides easy access to everyone to get knowledge under the dimensions of equality and individuality at competitive environment.
Keywords: Attitudes of Students, Internet, Distance Education, Technology, Educational Technology, Constructivist Perspective
Muhammad Hasmi Abu Hassan ASAARI & Noorliza KARIA
Case of Adult Learners and Work Satisfaction: Who’s Behind Them?
The study focused on the work satisfaction of working adult learners in relation to their spouse’s support. It can be concluded that spouse played an important factor in determining the work satisfaction of working adult learners. A group of adult learners was taken as a case study. Result indicated that male adult learners working in the public sector with a support from his fulltime housewife showed a high work satisfaction as compare to the other working groups.
C. M. MAGAGULA & A. P. NGWENYA
A Comparative Analysis of the Academic Performance of Distance and On-campus Learners
This study examined (i) the profile of the distance and on-campus learners, (ii) the academic performance of distance and on-campus learners, (iii) the advantages and disadvantages of learning through distance education and on-campus education, and (iv) how the disadvantages of learning through distance education could be reduced. The study found that the majority of distance and on-campus learners were female, single, and unemployed. Most off-campus learners were more than 20 years old, whilst on-campus learners were less than 20 years old. Off-campus learners tended to perform better than on-campus learners. Advantages of distance learning included application of acquired knowledge and skills if working; earning income if working; and studying at own pace, time and place. Disadvantages of studying off-campus included use of all Saturdays for face-to-face tutorials; inability to use library facilities on Saturdays due to tight schedule; some modules were not available on time for learners to use resulting in issue of photocopied handouts and notes by tutors and lecturers; and photocopied handouts were not serving a useful purpose since they were not appropriate for distance learning. Subsequently, off-campus learners suggested that the library should close late on Saturdays; lecturers and tutors should be available in their offices for consultations on Saturdays and during the week; lecturers should pin consultation schedules on their office doors; and lecturers and tutors who absent themselves should be reprimanded and/or requested to repay off-campus learners for the costs incurred travelling to regional learning centres.
Keywords: Distance Education; Distance Learning; On-Campus Learning; Off-Campus; Learning; University Education; Academic Performance; Face-to-Face Teaching
Aytekin ISMAN, Zehra ALTINAY & Fahriye ALTINAY
Roles of the Students and Teachers in Distance Education
Distance Education is the new, global technology based education to facilitate easy, immediate learning and interaction for all communicators who are the teachers and students that involve the education program. Distance Education can provide wide-mass education for everyone, it leads people to learn individually and let responsibility of learning to the people. In addition to this; it is obvious to select courses and content that reflect the concerning needs and motivation of students. It provides creative and qualified ideas atmosphere and information that will be presented should be update and interesting for all different kinds of students according to their backgrounds information. For the effective distance education programs out of the communicational or any kind of barriers, there should be consciousness on the definable roles of the teachers and students in learning-teaching process.
Keywords: Role of Students, Teacher in Distance Education, Distance Education, Distance Educator, Turkey
Nikki McIntyre FINLAY & Michael H. DEIS
Using Mimio Boardcast in an Online Principles of Macroeconomics Course to Improve Student Performance
The emergence of the speedily evolving world of technology has given many universities an interactive medium to facilitate teaching and learning. One such medium has been online courses, which have provided greater access to both traditional and non-traditional students. In quantitative courses such as economics, however, there are often concerns about whether students in online and on-campus sections of the same course receive equivalent educational experiences. This paper will compare student performance, as measured by grades and retention, of students enrolled in economics courses from the fall of 1998 through the summer of 2003. The paper will also focus on how one university has used technology and pedagogy to facilitate teaching and learning, In addition, the paper will show how one professor is effectively using Mimio Boardcast to enhance the quality of education offered to students taking online courses and will describe the methods the professor has used to empower the students to successfully integrate pedagogy, technology, and academic outcomes.
Keywords: Online Teaching, Economics Education, Presentation Media
Learner Support Services in Distance Education System (A Case Study of Turkey)
The aim of this paper is to review learner support services in Turkish distance education system, the Open Education Faculty (OEF) of Anadolu University. The paper examines the Turkish distance education system according to four types of support systems; (1) learner support and learner needs; (2) learner support and content; (3) learner support and the institutional context and, (4) learner support and technology. A number of suggestions are presented in this paper on enhancing learner support in Turkish distance education system and Open Education Faculty (OEF).
Keywords: Learner support; Open Education Faculty; Turkish Distance Education.
Reviewed By Professor Dr. Ugur DEMIRAY
REVIEW: Making Sense of Online Learning: A Guide for Beginners and the Truly Skeptical
Making Sense of Online Learning:
A Guide for Beginners and the Truly Skeptical
Written by Patti SHANK, Amy SITZE, ISBN: 0-7879-6982-6, Paperback, 192 pages,
April 2004, US $35.00