The Computerized Education: Communication Topology and Effectiveness

By Gennadiy G. Kuleshov.

Published by The Learner Collection

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This study is aimed to analyze the internal structure and effectiveness of computerized (web enhanced on-campus and on-line) education that is currently spread worldwide and which appears to be irreversible. Most publications dealing with computerized education are focused on its advantages and only a few of them contain cautious and reasonable skepticism based on the fact that the computerized technology usage (and the Internet as its delivery system) does not guarantee a better educational process. In contrast with a traditional style, which is based on Instructor-Student communication, the computerized approach involves at least one more party, the technical support staff, operating within either Intranet or Internet environment. This component could be involved into the educational process either in succession or in parallel providing opposite outcomes to the educational effectiveness. The formal algorithm describing the computerized educational process is developed on the basis of a combination of the AND and OR logical operators applied to the set of communication topologies. This algorithm allows comparing qualitatively and quantitatively different scenarios of learning as well as estimating the relative contribution of each local component into the entire process.

Keywords: Distance Education, Learning Effectiveness, Asynchronous Learning Networks, Virtual Interaction, Communication Topology

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 14, Issue 12, pp.1-6. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 545.896KB).

Dr. Gennadiy G. Kuleshov

Professor, Department of Computer Science, Touro College, New York, New York, USA

Dr. Gennadiy G. Kuleshov is a professor of physics and computer science at Touro University International (TUI), Cypress, CA, and at Touro College, New York, NY, USA. He was graduated from Moscow Technical University for Power Engineering and he obtained (1972) his Ph.D. degree in Molecular Physics at A.V. Lykov Institute of Heat and Mass Transfer. Since 1987, he holds a D.Sc. degree in Physical Chemistry obtained from N.I. Lobachevsky State University, Russia. Dr. G. Kuleshov has over 100 papers in the fields of Molecular Physics, Physical Chemistry, Power Engineering and Distance Education published in refereed journals and conference proceedings. He has been awarded a number of local, national, and international medals and prizes for his contributions in science and education.

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