East meets West: A web-based training needs analysis of e-learning professionals across cultures
Lara Frumkin, Mike Mimirinis, Alan Murphy, Middlesex University, United Kingdom
EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Montreal, Canada ISBN 978-1-880094-56-3 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC
Interest in delivering training, especially via innovative and exploratory methods such as e-learning or blended formats, has received increasing attention over the past decade (Welsh et al., 2003). The current study, through funding from the European Commission, brings together four universities, two in Europe and two in South East Asia, to develop a training programme for teaching professionals who wish to move into the e-teaching arena from a face to face one. First, the issue of how the training will be delivered, and second, what will be delivered in the training are critical components to be addressed prior to training implementation. The current work is an exploratory study designed to investigate what Eastern and Western participants feel are important aspects of training. Communication, student support, design issues and working with the learning environment emerged as the main training needs areas. The discussion centres on essential elements to be considered during and for the development of an e-learning or blended training programme.
Frumkin, L., Mimirinis, M. & Murphy, A. (2005). East meets West: A web-based training needs analysis of e-learning professionals across cultures. In P. Kommers & G. Richards (Eds.), Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2005--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (pp. 3104-3110). Montreal, Canada: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
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