A discussion of the increased accessibility to the Internet and how this has lead to a variety of resources being used for learning. Case studies and examples show the benefits of using the Internet as part of resource-based learning.
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The Virtual University: The Internet and Resource-based Learning

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A discussion of the increased accessibility to the Internet and how this has lead to a variety of resources being used for learning. Case studies and examples show the benefits of using the Internet as part of resource-based learning.
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Editorial Reviews

British Journal of Educational Technology
..[this] is a great book with appeal and coverage far wider than its title implies. For the four authors don't just consider higher education's move towards greater and greater involvement of the Internet in the students' learning process and in its facilitation by their teachers. Rather they expend much ink on the Internet as a virtual learning centre. And they widen their scope further by giving much careful consideration to the many technological issues involved.... And to the associated management of change and of cultures change. Reviewed last December, this book became for me the most important and useful of the last year of the real millennium.
Teaching Theology and Religion
Virtual University helpfully explores learning theory and course design through "resource-based" learning, or what is variously called "open learning, flexible learning, individualized learning, computer-aided learning, project-based learning, and self-organized learning". It gets specific about using the Internet to develop and deliver a course, how the computer can mediate communication for collaborative learning, how and why to use computer-aided assessment, and how to use integrated systems. Given that most of us have no experience being educated this way, (this vision for the possibilities is absolutely essential.
US Journal of Effective Teaching
[this] is a wonderful source of information for individuals or institutions who are considering the prospect of entering the cyber world to offer all or part of their courses. The authors are faculty and staff at De Montford University in England. They are classroom practitioners who employ the variety of techniques and resources discussed in the book.

The book is intended for classroom professors and others engaged in the design and delivery of courses in higher education institutions. An important emphasis of the book is that resource-based courses that rely upon communication through information technology must have a firm foundation in appropriate models of teaching, learning and course development.

A useful addition to the book is the Web site that links to all of the resources contained or referenced in the book. The site allows users to connect with up-to-date resources to incorporate into their classes.. The book is easily readable, it allows readers to pick and choose the material that is most useful for their purposes. [It] is a useful and valuable addition to this burgeoning literature.

From The Critics
The Virtual University: The Internet And ResourceBased Learning is written to enable for teachers to take full advantage of the communication, information, and teaching opportunities made possible by computer and Internet technologies. The topics and issues covered in detail include education and the Internet; resourcebased learning; technology; and the impact of computer generated and assisted learning in changing cultures. Authors Steve Ryan, Bernard Scott, Howard Freeman, and Daxa Patel collaborate to provide the reader with accessible, practical information, including a stimulating view of the role of teachers in the new virtual age. The Virtual University is a highly recommended addition to any personal, professional, and academic educational resource and reference collection.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781135368418
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 10/18/2013
  • Series: Open and Flexible Learning Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 215
  • File size: 4 MB

Table of Contents

About the authors
Series editor's foreword
Introduction 1
1 A changing context - education and the Internet 7
2 Learning, teaching and course design with resource-based learning 29
3 Technologies of delivery and interaction on the Internet 52
4 Using the Internet: course development and delivery 66
5 Resources on the World Wide Web 82
6 Computer mediated communications for collaborative learning 100
7 Using the Internet: Computer Aided Assessment 125
8 Integrated systems 140
9 Changing cultures in HE 156
10 Around the corner 170
Glossary 180
References 190
Subject Index 198
Author Index 203
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