Addressing learner diversity by promoting flexibility in e-learning environments

Dimitrova, Maia T., Sadler, Chris, Hatzipanagos, Stylianos and Murphy, Alan (2003) Addressing learner diversity by promoting flexibility in e-learning environments. In: Proceedings of the 14th International Workshop on Database and Expert Systems Applications. IEEE, Los Alamitos, USA, pp. 287-291. ISBN 0769519938


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E-learning has opened a multitude of possibilities for teaching and learning. As the market matures there is a demand for more effective and cost-efficient learning interventions that meet the learning needs of the diverse learner population. Currently, however, very few teaching attempts have been made to match the pedagogical styles underlying e-learning interventions to students' diverse learning styles. Information and communication technologies can provide a variety of ways for adapting learning environments to students learning styles, although they are not often used to their full potential. In the Global Campus (GC) project at Middlesex University, we studied the differences in the learning styles of our distance and classroom students. We then examined the electronic learning resources and underlying pedagogical approach to establish how effectively they accommodate the diverse learning styles of the students. Finally, we proposed some measures to improve the e-learning environment in a way that matches the students' learning styles more effectively.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Computer aided instruction, distance learning, teaching, Internet, World Wide Web, e-learning, electronic learning resources, information and communication technologies, learning environment adaptation, learning intervention, pedagogical styles
Subjects: University of Westminster > Westminster Business School
Depositing User: Miss Nina Watts
Date Deposited: 01 Feb 2007
Last Modified: 17 Oct 2011 11:36

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