Generic Themes for Developing Research Skills through E-Learning: A Case Study from Iran

Abbas Bazargan (University of Tehran, Iran) and Amin Mousavi (University of Tehran, Iran)
Copyright: © 2010 |Pages: 358
EISBN13: 9781609602932|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-61520-749-7.ch019
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Research competencies are considered as a major part of post-graduate programs. With the introduction of new technologies in higher education, there has been particular emphasis to move to an e-learning variant of the teaching-learning process in developing research competencies. Based on the recent experiences, it seems the blended approach is more promising. In this regard, an experimental approach in designing and developing an e-course was adopted at a private e-learning university in Iran. The ecourse was organized through a design-based approach. This chapter is a case study which presents an analysis of the factors that affected designing and developing the e-course. It points to the experiences gained through building the community of inquiry and discusses lessons learned.
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