Designing Effective On-line learning Environments Using Emerging Educational Technologies
Sanghoon Park, Northwestern State University of Louisiana, United States ; Jung Lim, Ronald McBride, Karen McFerrin, Kioh Kim, Northwestern State University, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in San Antonio, Texas, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-61-7 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
On-line learning has been highlighted as a new delivery system for distance learning in higher education as it can provide students who are dispersed across the nation with a wealth of interaction and richest learning experiences. Although well-designed communication pathways among an instructor and students plays a crucial role to the success of online learning, there are still a great need of supporting students' motivation towards online course as well as improving the perception of social-presence. The purpose of this paper is to provide design strategies to improve the learners' motivation and the perception of social presence by employing emerging theories and technologies. First, motivation promoting strategies are presented based on learning interest theory and motivational design theory. Second, the use of pedagogical agents is suggested to increase learner's perception of social presence. Lastly, the use of handheld computers to expand learning opportunities is presented with practical implications.
Park, S., Lim, J., McBride, R., McFerrin, K. & Kim, K. (2007). Designing Effective On-line learning Environments Using Emerging Educational Technologies. In R. Carlsen, K. McFerrin, J. Price, R. Weber & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2007--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 464-471). San Antonio, Texas, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).