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Integrating e-Learning Approaches

At Warwick, we are a 'Bricks and Clicks' university - online learning activities supplement rather than replace face to face teaching. It is recognised that the various technologies that sit under the rather vague umbrella that we currently call 'e-Learning' are simply a new set of opportunities to engage students. Each technology offers a new mode of interacting with students but just as the 'traditional' modes of interaction, from lecture to seminar to essay, each have their own strengths and weaknesses. None of the new methods exactly replaces existing approaches but some offer new possibilities. Exploring how these new approaches might be intregrated into courses of study often shines a harsh light on the way we have always done things. However the pay-offs in improving teaching extend beyond just the new technologies themselves. The four articles in this chapter illustrate a wide variety of ways in which e-Learning technologies can genuinely change the nature of learning by overcoming problem areas that may have been around for some time. All represent targetted deployment of e-Learning to solve recognised problems and enhance overall learning.


Articles

Resourcing Foreign Language Learning via the Internet
Loredana Polezzi, Department of Italian, University of Warwick
First appeared in Interactions Issue 2 Summer 1998

Bioinformatics on the web
Nick Mann and Jay Dempster, University of Warwick
First appeared in Interactions Issue 16 Spring 2002

Capturing Remote Performance Work
Mark Childs, Centre for Academic Practice, University of Warwick
First appeared in Interactions Issue 17 Summer 2002

Global e-Learning in Hong Kong - WMG Style
David Overton, Warwick Manufacturing Group, University of Warwick
First appeared in Interactions Issue 17 Summer 2002