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Title:Connecting at a Distance: The Impact of Technology on Teaching and Learning Experiences in Distance Education
Author(s):Hsu, Shihkuan
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Bertram Bruce
Department / Program:Education
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Education, Curriculum and Instruction
Abstract:More than ever before, technology has merged with the process of education. In distance education, technology has gained tremendous popularity in recent years by providing cheaper transmission, high resolution texts and graphics, and instant communication. Many believe that technology promises high-quality education with wide access and low costs. Distance education students, however, experience an unfamiliar physical setting, and the behaviors of the teacher and the students are different. This new culture and environment breaks, removes, or changes the familiar classroom teaching and learning activities and challenges ordinary classroom practices that are embedded in the face-to-face environment. This research examines the context for interaction of three teachers and their students as they experience teaching and learning in such a setting. My purpose is to reveal the dynamics of the contextual components. Specifically, based on observations and narratives collect, I show (1) how the technical and social environments shape and reshape each other, (2) what underlying assumptions and conventions of teaching and learning the teacher and students in a classroom operate on, (3) how the goals of teachers and learners are facilitated or limited. The stories that emerge tell of numerous problems which teachers and students face, but after coping with the problems the narrative suggests great potential.
Issue Date:1997
Description:187 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1997.
Other Identifier(s):(MiAaPQ)AAI9812630
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-09-25
Date Deposited:1997

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