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Evaluating online asynchronous support In the institutes of technology Ireland

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Show simple item record Carroll, Noel 2016-11-01T16:08:40Z 2016-11-01T16:08:40Z 2011
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract As the uptake of e-learning continues to increase, it has come to light that engaging students in e-learning requires a large time commitment on the part of the lecturer. The burden may be eased by the expedient use of online asynchronous support tools. This research evaluates the use of asynchronous support tools in the Irish Institutes of Technology (IoTs) and their application to the provision of online support to IoT students. It provides an evaluation of the perception of IoT students as to the adequacy of asynchronous support offered to them and prescribes for improvement of that support. The research suggests that asynchronous support tools are substantially underutilised within the IoTs and consequently that student engagement via asynchronous support is insufficient in meeting their learning needs. While email is identified as the preferred and dominant means of communications, discussion boards and weblogs are not employed to anywhere near potential. The findings suggest that improved use of asynchronous support tools would help redistribute scarce lecturer’s time and address the important issue of providing online support to students in a ‘just-in-time’ learning manner, rather than a ‘just-in-case’ data repository. In addition it recommends the integration of e-learning platforms and their constituent tools with a knowledge base. This would facilitate the lecturer in providing ‘reusable’ and ‘in context’ online support to be used by students if and when required. The findings therefore present two major challenges to IoTs: to enhance student support by substantially improving the current use of online asynchronous support tools and to employ the expedient use of semantic technologies. Facing and surmounting these challenges are a vital step in creating and sustaining a quality online supportive environment for both lecturer and student. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher NUI Maynooth en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries AISHE J: All Ireland Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education;3, 2
dc.subject asynchronous support en_US
dc.subject e-learning en_US
dc.subject third level education en_US
dc.subject email en_US
dc.subject discussion board en_US
dc.subject weblogs en_US
dc.subject semantic technologies en_US
dc.title Evaluating online asynchronous support In the institutes of technology Ireland en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US

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