Challenges and Problems in Designing and Researching Distance Learning Environments and Communities
Malaysian Educational Research Association (MERA) Conference,
The challenges and problems in both designing and conducting research on distance learning courses are considered in light of the present cyberspace revolution. This paper discusses: the future possibilities of Internet-based learning; assumptions of online courses which are usually embedded in constructivist and socio-constructivist theories and principles; differing presuppositions underlying Western and Eastern cultures; communication as a process of interpretation; possibilities of computer simulations; and the impact of the new technologies on the educational research community. Also described are examples from Singapore of online educational communities. Recommendations for online instructional design and future research are also provided. (AEF)
Chen, A.Y. & Mashhadi, A. (1998). Challenges and Problems in Designing and Researching Distance Learning Environments and Communities. Presented at Malaysian Educational Research Association (MERA) Conference 1998.