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Online and e-Learning: Issues and Benefits

*** Advantages and disadvantages of online learning
This valuable document assesses the pros and cons of Web-based education in the form of easy-to-digest lists, to better enable course developers decide if online learning is the best option for their students.

*** e-Learning growth and promise for the developing world
The author of this article describes the growth in online education, citing the US military online degree programme as an example of how pervasive e-learning has become. The article then offers data supporting the effectiveness of such courses, data that bodes well for the urgent educational reform needed by much of the developing world.

*** e-Learning for lifelong learning from the eyes of nine e-ASEM countries
In August 2009, the Asia-Europe Meeting e-Learning Network embarked on an international effort to explore the practices of e-learning for lifelong learning. By March 2012, nine member countries had submitted nine White Papers, resulting in a unique and fascinating cross-culturaland global portrait of this educational phenomenon.

*** Turning back the clock on lifelong learning: The paradox of MOOCs
Within the higher education community 2012 may well be known as the “year of online learning.” Seemingly legitimized now by the embrace of elite institutions like Harvard and MIT through EdX and the Coursera partnership with Stanford, Princeton and others, online learning and the rise of the Massive open online course (MOOC) dominates the popular and professional literature.

Other Useful Sites:
MOOCs: The Asian perspective
Participants of e-DIRAP, an open crowd sourced, online digital review of Asia Pacific, recently shared their perspectives about massive open online courses (MOOC). MOOCs where universities, primarily from the United States, are making entire courses available online to anyone for free, have lately received a lot of attention.

Implications of presenting pre-university courses using the blended e-learning approach
A report from the Israel Institute of Technology on research that examined in detail the experiences of teachers and students participating in distance learning projects, comprising details of two case studies in pre-university courses.
Theme: monitoring; e-learning; policy and strategy; Type: article; Region: global; Subject; n/a; Age/level: n/a

Supporting e-Discussion with New Technologies
The goal of this study from Singapore was to explore the opportunities and limitations of WAP technology that mediate e-discussions in learning communities. The case study attempts to assess the impact, both technically and cognitively, on the students’ learning abilities.

The International Review of Open and Distance Learning
This e-journal is by subscription only, although this is free, and is devoted to research and theory in open and distance learning worldwide. Access the current edition online, search back issues or submit articles for inclusion in forthcoming editions. For example: New technologies for human resource development: what works; what makes sense? This article explores the role technology can play in meeting the changing demands of education and growing numbers of students, comparing the current situation to the 19th century introduction of new technologies to food production in response to exploding population numbers.