A Comparative Assessment of Four Online Learning Programs

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dc.contributor.author Bale, David
dc.contributor.editor Saskatchewan Instructional Development and Research Unit
dc.date.accessioned 2008-12-21T20:39:30Z
dc.date.available 2008-12-21T20:39:30Z
dc.date.issued 2005-03
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10294/1141
dc.description 57 p. en_US
dc.description.abstract This study examines and compares four on-line learning programs to assess their suitability and potential for meeting the learning needs of First Nations high schools and for upgrading students. The following question is addressed: What types of on-line learning show potential for meeting the unique needs of First Nations Alberta and Saskatchewan learners? A mixed method (both quantitative and qualitative) research approach was used. Particular attention was paid to the appropriateness of the programs for Aboriginal students, Alberta and Saskatchewan curricula congruence, the roles of teachers and facilitators, learner supports and resources, website design features, and potential learning barriers, as well as best practices. Data were gathered while visiting each of the four sites and by telephone interviews and discussions with administrators, staff, students and teachers. Data were also derived from an on-line student questionnaire. The websites of the four schools, and other related documents, were also analyzed. The results of the analysis of the information collected show that many excellent features are built into each program. Some features show potential for meeting First Nations student needs, while others raise issues about their acceptability, some because of inflexibility in their use and others because a purported need is, itself, an issue. Other program options that were not examined in this study may contain additional features that could have the potential of meeting First Nations needs. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship For Keewatin Career Development Corporation (KCDC) and Saskatchewan Instructional Development and Research Unit en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Saskatchewan Instructional Development and Research Unit en_US
dc.title A Comparative Assessment of Four Online Learning Programs en_US
dc.type Other en_US
dc.description.authorstatus Faculty en_US
dc.description.peerreview no en_US

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