Online learning platforms are used as a material distribution channels in teaching
The methods of using online services in teaching have not diversified in the past fourteen years. Online learning platforms are not utilised for interaction in teaching but rather as a material distribution channel. Network use has only increased in volume.
For his doctoral dissertation for the Aalto School of Economics, Lic. (Pol. Sc.) Lauri Saarinen studied the use of information and communications technology in the teaching provided at the School of Economics from 1996 to 2010. The results show that the built-in properties of online services, such as open information exchange, networking and collaboration, are not put into versatile use in teaching.
The use of online learning platforms in teaching reflects upon the existing culture and operational models, often based on lectures and examinations. However, ICT could also accelerate cultural change in universities and lead to new forms of interaction.
- Universities must keep up with the change in order to use ICT effectively as a part of teaching and studying with the purpose of attaining strategic goals, Saarinen says.
In the study, a conceptual tool was created that can be used to support instructional planning and consultation. The core of the tool is formed by a course site model and a support process for instructional planning. The tool also incorporates, e.g. administrative processes, quality assurance and other internal and external factors.
Public examination of the doctoral dissertation
Lauri Saarinen’s (Lic. Soc. Sci. (Econ.), University of Helsinki) doctoral dissertation in the field of information systems science, Enhancing ICT Supported Distributed Learning through Action Design Research, will be examined at the Aalto University School of Economics on Friday, 3 August 2012 at 12:15 (Arkadia, Lecture hall E-341, 3rd floor, Lapuankatu 6).
Professor Terry Ryan (Claremont University) will act as the opponent and Acting Professor Matti Rossi as the custos.
Representatives of the media may request free copies of the dissertation from the Aalto University School of Economics Communications Unit, viestinta-econ [at] aalto [dot] fi or tel. +358 40 353 8317. The dissertation can be ordered by email from: toolo [at] ayy [dot] fi.
lauri.saarinen [at] aalto [dot] fi
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