Technology-Based Models

Technology-Based Models

Linda A. Brown (Pima Community College, USA)
Copyright: © 2006 |Pages: 5
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-563-4.ch084
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Abstract

Asynchronous Learning Networks (ALNs) are based upon communication between people that does not occur simultaneously. The most familiar examples of ALNs are self-paced classes offered by colleges and universities through distance learning programs, e-mail messages exchanged with a mentor and posted messages sent to a discussion group concerning a course topic. The advantages of an ALN are those of convenience, accessibility and self-paced instruction for the student. The disadvantages are that students may feel isolated or are unmotivated due to the lack of human interaction, immediate responses on a student’s performance are not provided, and training adjustments must wait until an evaluation is completed by the instructor (Patron, 2004). To design, implement and maintain an effective ALN, consideration must be given to various tools that must be included as part of the overall system. Some elements that must be considered are the use of authoring and collaborative tools, weblogs, Knowledge Management Systems (KMS), Learning Content Management Systems (LCMS), Learning Management Systems (LMS), and Really Simple Syndication (RSS feeds).

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