Instructor : Anne Bartlett-Bragg
Due Date : 29/03/2003.
Subject : 015402 e-Learning Experiences.
Student : Mark Cotter - 01028392.
In this essay I will provide my personal definition of e-Learning and and also include 2 case studies to demonstrate my knowledge of Synchronous and Asynchronous e-Learning methods.
I will also include a list of e-Newsletters and e-Zines that I have subscribed to in the first month of this course.
e-Learning Definition : e-Learning is an educational tool that incorporates the use of the Internet and all plug-ins to motivate and inspire students to achieve meaningful learning. Meaningful learning occurs when students make the transfer of knowledge from short term memory to long term memory.
I believe that e-Learning can be used to not only reach a large number of students but can also be used to speed up the learning process.
Syncronous e-Learning Case Study :
Synchronous e-Learning is defined as Synchronous, or live e-Learning, means that communication occurs at the same time between individuals and information is accessed instantly. Examples of synchronous e-Learning include real-time chat, and video/audio conferencing. Reference : Brandon Hall
During the first week, a student that I knew had missed the first lecture and needed some assistance. I invited Terry to join our group. With the invitation came a certain amount of responsibility. It was now my responsibility to provide the neccessary training so that Terry would become an active member of the group.
This was achieved by using the UTS Online pages. I have included the transcript of our Synchronous e-Learning session below.
Archive for 015402BAED on Mar 11, 2003
MARK COTTER has entered. [ 10:53:33 AM ]
MARK COTTER has left. [ 10:53:48 AM ]
Terrence Farley has entered. [ 11:38:13 AM ]
MARK COTTER has entered. [ 11:38:16 AM ]
Terrence Farley > I am here
MARK COTTER > hi.. yep here aswell..
MARK COTTER browsed to http://www.blogger.com/
MARK COTTER > just loading up the page now..
Terrence Farley > OK i went to blogger and my name is terryfarley.blogspot.com. so i posted a note what happens now?
MARK COTTER > doesn't look like it is going to load properly..what a bummer
MARK COTTER > you can click on view web page and you will be able to see it on the net.
Terrence Farley > i am on the page that says add team memebers
MARK COTTER > for the assessmnet .. you have 2 options.. 1 you can keep it private .. or you can add anne.bartlett-bragg as a member.. this way she will be able to assess your work.
MARK COTTER > you will then receive 5% .. the other 5% you are required to sign up for atleast 2 e-Zines and 2 e-Newsletters ..
Terrence Farley > i went public ....so how do i invite her to view my page...and waht do i do on the page......
Terrence Farley > WHAT not waht
MARK COTTER browsed to http://456eduser.blogspot.com/
MARK COTTER > you can view my web page that I have created at http://456eduser.blogspot.com
MARK COTTER > you can see that I have invited Anne to join my personal blog..
MARK COTTER > see how I added confirmation that I joined e-Zines and e-Newsgroups.. this is all part of the assessment.
MARK COTTER > I added some links to online courses.. in module 3 you have to complete an e-learning course and write 2500 words .. basically evaluate it.
Terrence Farley > yes it looks great ....where exactly on the blogger site do you create a page...and what is anne's address to invite her or did you link back to UTS online?...thanks for helping me...I am up at UTS in the Lab
MARK COTTER > no worries..
MARK COTTER browsed to http://blogger.com/
MARK COTTER > once you have created a user.. which I think you have.. you then have to log in.. then create a new blog
Terrence Farley > can you wait while i do that
MARK COTTER > you then have to select post and publish to convert what you have typed into html and post it to your personal blog web page..
MARK COTTER > ok.. i have plenty of time..
Terrence Farley > back...i have posted a meaage...but i cannot view it to see what it looks like......is that right?
MARK COTTER > you can .. just look on the left hand side of the page and click on "view web page".. it will load your personal blog.
Terrence Farley > stand by
MARK COTTER > I have set up a group blog called speedforce3000... I will include everyone in our group.. what's you e-mail address..
MARK COTTER > standing by
Terrence Farley > firstname.lastname@example.org
Terrence Farley > How did you add links on your web page ...like TAB etc
Terrence Farley > I will now try and add speedforce3000 to my team on blogger
MARK COTTER > It's a bit tricky.. but it can be done.. I clicked on the "Template Icon" and then manually changed the html code..
Terrence Farley > i sent you an inviation ...did you get it/
Terrence Farley > i went into the template menu.......when i view my web page it looks nothing like yours .....mine is small......
MARK COTTER > yep.. I accepted it.. but it is not neccessary..
MARK COTTER > I have set up the group blog and asked you to join.. I will then get everyone elses e-mail addresses and invitethem to join aswell.
MARK COTTER > it all depends on the template that you accepted during the initial process.. there were many different templates to choose from.. maybe I chose a different Template.
MARK COTTER browsed to
Terrence Farley > how do i get Anne to view my page?
MARK COTTER > you can send her an e-mail or you can invite her to join you personal blogg as a 'Team Member'
MARK COTTER > You can post it on the discussion board on uts online.
Terrence Farley has entered. [ 12:17:21 PM ]
MARK COTTER > Where did you go ?
Terrence Farley has left. [ 12:17:53 PM ]
Terrence Farley > got lost in cyber space
MARK COTTER > Ok.. anyway.. I need a break.. I want to go to the bank and see a few people before Uni .. do you have any more questions.
Terrence Farley > ok that will do me for today...i am going computer crazy....see you tonight......have a good day.....
MARK COTTER > Ok.. I'll catch you tonight..
MARK COTTER has left. [ 12:19:36 PM ]
Terrence Farley has left. [ 12:19:36 PM ]
Please note that I have not received permission from Terry Farley to post the above transcript.
Asynchronous e-Learning Case Study :
Asynchronous e-Learning is defined as Asynchronous e-Learning happens when communication between people does not occur simultaneously. Some examples of asynchronous e-Learning include taking a self-paced course, exchanging e-mail messages with a mentor, and posting messages to a discussion group.
Reference : Brandon Hall
During the first week of this course I set up our group blog called Speed Force
As I set the pages up it became my responsibility to ensure that all members of the group were able to access the pages and successfully contribute to these pages.
In this case, one member of our group was unable to properly access and contribute to the pages.
Due to budget constraints the e-Learning method that was used was Asynchronous.
Basically, we exchanged a series of e-mails and eventually I was able to provide her with the neccessary information to access and contribute to our group blog.
I have included a copy of the e-mails that were exchanged below. Please note that I have not gained permission from Gloria to post her e-mails.
Hi Mark, I hate to say that I am still having trouble, I can get into our
Blog, but the section where we paste and publish is not there. I am a real
novice at this, never got into any sort of chat rooms, so really have no
idea of whats going on. We have two new members in our group but there is no
sign of them. I dont know whats going on at all???? Gloria.
I checked our group blog SpeedForce and you have accepted the invite to join so that is not a problem.
This is what you need to do..
1) Have you set up a personal blog account ?
2) If you have then log into your personal blog using your original userid and password.
3) When you have logged in click on the "My Blogs " icon and select "SpeedForce"
this should take you where you want to go..
Anyway.. If you are still having problems then we will have to meet up somewhere and I will show you ..
e-Newsletters that I subscribed to for this subject :
e-Zines that I subscribed to for this subject :
e-Learning Events that I subscribed to for this subject :
Before I enroled in this subject I thought I new quite a lot about e-Learning but I realise now that I had only scratched the surface.
My knowledge and awareness of e-Learning has increased dramatically in the first month of this course.
I am now able to better understand the role of the educators and leaders of e-Learning. I now also understand where e-Learning is heading and what must be done to promote e-Learning and the benefits of e-Learning.