Evaluation of using distance learning to support work-based learning programmes: A case study from Northumbria University

Liyanage, Lalith, Keogh, Shelagh, Strachan, Rebecca and Hanlon, Susannah (2010) Evaluation of using distance learning to support work-based learning programmes: A case study from Northumbria University. In: World conference on E-learning in corporate, Government, Healthcare and higher education (ELEARN 2010), 18 October 2010, Orlando, Florida, USA.

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Abstract

The aim of the study was to carry out a critical evaluation of the use of distance learning in work-based programmes. This paper is a report on the findings of a study conducted on under graduate and post graduate work-based learning programmes being delivered in distance education mode. A Case study approach was used, followed by a critical evaluation technique to examine the data gathered. Findings indicate that there are many positive points towards incorporating work-based learning with a distance learning approach but there are also issues which appear to have longevity; such as the 24-hour operational issues and facilitating needs of students outside of working hours. Although the courses studied were very successful, costs to deliver the programme were not always visible. The positives included flexibility of learning in terms of time and venue. Overall the inclusion of work-based learning on distance learning courses proved to be very successful.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: distance education, virtual learning
Subjects: G900 Others in Mathematical and Computing Sciences
X900 Others in Education
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Mathematics, Physics and Electrical Engineering
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Depositing User: EPrint Services
Date Deposited: 02 Sep 2011 14:22
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2015 11:21
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/2254

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