eLearning: Challenges and opportunities

Firoz Alam, Roger G Hadgraft, Quamrul Alam

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eLearning will revolutionise higher education in the next decade. Although this has likely been said regularly over the last 20 years, the widespread availability of mobile devices, ubiquitous wifi connections, and the globalisation of industry, driven by global networking infrastructure, will finally deliver the promises of learning anytime anywhere. This chapter reviews the most common forms of eLearning, both synchronous and asynchronous: recorded lectures, learning management systems, online assessment, blogs, and wikis are slowly transforming education towards a student-centred model of learning. The question remains: what is the university's business model when students can collect their learning resources for free from iTunesU?

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUsing Technology Tools to Innovate Assessment, Reporting, and Teaching Practices in Engineering Education
EditorsFiroz Alam
Place of PublicationHershey PA USA
PublisherIGI Global
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781466650121
ISBN (Print)9781466650114
Publication statusPublished - 31 Jan 2014

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