An Evaluation of Web-Based Education at a Finnish University

An Evaluation of Web-Based Education at a Finnish University

Johanna Lammintakanen (University of Kuopio, Finland) and Sari Rissanen (University of Kuopio, Finland)
Copyright: © 2003 |Pages: 14
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-102-5.ch025


In this chapter, an evaluation of two student cohorts’ and their teachers’ experiences of Web-based education at a university in Finland is presented. Discussion of Finnish national education policy and some crucial issues concerning Web-based education provide the framework for the evaluation. The results indicated that the students’ and teachers’ experiences were largely positive, and correlated with other international research results in this field. The authors are convinced that sharing these experiences will highlight the strengths and weaknesses of such online learning, as well as the skill requirements and needs for cultural reshaping in Web-based education. Such an exchange of experience should facilitate online education collaboration nationally and internationally. However, the overall consequences of Web-based education still remain unclear and must be carefully considered.

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