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Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks, v14 n3 p13-24 Nov 2010

Educational technology is developing rapidly, making education more accessible, affordable, adaptable, and equitable. Students now have the option to choose a campus that can provide an excellent blended learning curriculum with minimal geographical restraints. We explored ways to maximize the power of educational technologies to improve teaching efficiency and cut costs without sacrificing high quality or placing an extra burden on faculty. This mission was accomplished through adaptable e-learning content design and development. We developed scalable, shareable, and sustainable e-learning modules as textbook chapters that can be distributed platform independently. The resulting e-learning building blocks can automate the assessment processes, provide just-in-time feedback, and adjust the teaching material dynamically based upon each student's strengths and weaknesses. Once built, these self-contained learning modules can be easily maintained, shared, and re-purposed, thus cutting costs in the long run. This encouraged faculty to share their best teaching practices online. The end result of the project is a sustainable knowledge base that can grow over time, benefiting all the disciplines through knowledge reuse and sharing. (Contains 1 table and 6 figures.)

Descriptors: Electronic Learning, Learning Modules, Educational Technology, Teaching Methods, Blended Learning, Instructional Design, Computer Assisted Instruction, Instructional Development, Pilot Projects, Electronic Publishing, Teacher Developed Materials, Cost Effectiveness

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Autor: Bai, Xin; Smith, Michael B.


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