The Conceptual Framework of e-Learning: A View from Inside
This paper aims to present the most important findings of a study conducted in the context of a research project entitled “e-learning conceptual framework”. The main objective of this research was to analyze perceptions of online university staff about e-learning and to create an inclusive definition of its concept, which could set the boundaries for their future activity in this sector. For this purpose, a literature review of the e-learning concept in peer-reviewed journals, web pages, reports and books was carried out. Once the most important definitions were collected and categorized in different groups, according to their approach, four focus groups were organized with the participation of twenty-five academics and managers from the Open University of Catalonia (UOC), in an attempt to understand how they interpret the concept of e-learning. This study provides a valuable definition, which enables us to advance in the identification and analysis of how e-learning is carried out in different models.
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The International Journal of Learning, Volume 18, Issue 4, pp.93-104.
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Academic Director, eLearn Center, Open University of Catalonia, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
Dr. Albert Sangrà is senior professor, researcher and academic director at the eLearn Center of the Open University of Catalonia. His research work is being developed as part of the Edulab research group, and mainly focuses on the policies, organisation, management and leadership of ICT at educational institutions, and on quality issues in e-learning.
Research Associate, eLearn Center, Open University of Catalonia, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
Dr. Dimitrios Vlachopoulos is research associate at the eLearn Center. He is presently conducting research on the introduction of e-learning in higher education and, especially, in humanities and social sciences. His previous work includes action research on evaluation of competences in higher education and on didactics with the use of ICT in learning activities. Since 2003, Dimitrios Vlachopoulos has been involved in several EU-funded projects (e-Learning action, Minerva, Leonardo, Satellite Communications Programme- VI FP etc.). In 2009 he was a finalist for the International Award of Excellence of the “Ubiquitous Learning: an International Journal”.
Lecturer, International Graduate Institute, Open University of Catalonia, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
Dr. Nati Cabrera is lecturer and researcher at the UOC’s International Graduate Institute. Her research work is being developed as part of the Edulab research group, and mainly focuses on the policies, organisation, management and leadership of ICT at educational institutions, quality issues in e-learning, and assessment and evaluation.
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