On-line learning from perspective of the student
Faculty of Community Services, Education and Social Sciences
School of Communications and Multimedia
There are a myriad of ambitious claims made for on-line learning. It promises to nullify the twin tyrannies of distance and time while at the same time offering the potential for innovative, engaging and exciting learning experiences. This paper subjects these and other claims for on-line learning to critical examination based on the author's own experience of being an on-line learner. The author, Dr Robyn Quin, a professor and head of the largest School of Communications in Australia decided to return to university as an on-line learner. The paper explores the strengths, weaknesses and opportunities of on-line learning as seen by a virtual graduate of the system. Issues of pedagogy, learning styles, barriers to learning, social interaction/isolation and assessment are just some of those raised by the paper.