quarta-feira, 26 de maio de 2010

Reviews Carla Elias annotated bibliography - Transparency in Online Education

I considered the AB elaborated by Carla Elias very interesting. Although the format of the AB was different from the usual it was no less rewarding. The colleague did an annotated "videowebgraphy", followed by fifteen Principles of Good Practice for Educating Adults at a Distance and a list of 21 questions that will help adult learners choose the degree program that is right for them, which I considered very important.
I think this form of presentation reinforces the understanding of the subject under study.
First she presented two videos created by former MPEL colleagues. This fact shows that we can learn from other students, we can learn by observing the work of others in order to improve our own work, thus increasing quality - Transparency for Quality.
Carla Elias presented a short video by Paulsen Morten Flate that shows the importance of transparency in online education, like the individual profiles of students for his recognition in this type of education.
Afterwards she presented a set of three videos about Transparency by Design. Transparency by Design is an initiative dedicated to assist adult learners in becoming educated consumers of distance education. This initiative aims to provide the most detailed information possible about each course of study, completion rates, costs, student engagement, and knowledge and skills learned.
The fifteen Principles of Good Practice, that she presented, are from a membership cooperative of institutions and organizations dedicated to advancing access and excellence in higher education through the innovative use of technology.
The Principles of Good Practice for Higher Education Institutions Serving Adults at a Distance were developed to ensure that higher education courses and programs for adults learning at a distance are of high quality and readily accessible. Distance programs are those that enable the student to learn at any time and in any place and serve adult learners at a distance, including learners who have traditional options but find online delivery more convenient.
The Principles promote transparency of higher education institutions delivering distance learning programs and foster dialogue to strengthen and improve the quality of programs and services.

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