Modern Technology and Mass Education: A Case Study of a Global Virtual Learning System

Modern Technology and Mass Education: A Case Study of a Global Virtual Learning System

Ahmed Ali (University of Wisconsin - LaCrosse, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-939-7.ch130
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Abstract

This case study examined the effectiveness and significance of the Internet and interactive video broadcasting as instructional and communication media in a global virtual learning system. The study explored how differences in students’ technology experiences, curriculum, cultures, and access to technology influence learning and student attitude in a technology-based distance education environment. The research also investigated whether the use of online references and materials is adequate and appropriate for successful distance learning. The setting was a virtual campus that linked universities in the U.S., Australia, and Canada with learning centers in different African countries. E-mail and face-to-face interviews, observations, and Web-based surveys were utilized to collect the data. The study reveals that students had mixed perceptions about the effectiveness of technology, with positive attitudes exhibited towards interactive video and some anxiety and dissatisfaction with the use of the Internet.

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