My study proposal is grown out of a recognition of an observed frustration these students feel towards their online distance study where there appears to be a perception that face-to-face study might be more beneficial and particularly more social in terms of peer group study opportunities.
For the purpose of this action research, the area of my teaching practice that I intend to explore is the use and effectiveness of online learning approaches in comparison to traditional face-to-face delivery models for internal teaching qualifications.
This main purpose of this action research is not to compare online and traditional face-to-face teaching but merely to prove which one is more suitable for learners with very low literacy skills. At this present moment there is a huge demand for tutors in the lifelong learning sector to incorporate e-learning into their teaching and learning so that learners are equipped with ICT skills with a view that this will enable them to participate effectively in modern society. However, because many of the learners I teach are mature learners who are used to being taught traditionally, have never used a computer before and some do not have English as their first language, they are left struggling with their course.
In my teaching practice, we offer two kinds of teaching, one is traditional teaching and the other is online learning. Traditional teaching is teaching learners in the classroom on set days and times using a range of teaching methods. Traditional teaching allows the learner to get one to one help from their teacher. Online learning is accessed on a computer through a username and password. All the resources are posted online for the learner to access. This type of learning is accessed whenever the learner wants to learn and can be learnt at their own pace. However the online learning does not answer questions the learners may have like the traditional teaching.
By using action research I can explore the depth of the problems associated with the time management of face-to-face learning and the effects on teachers and small language schools. By exploring principles and approaches to on-line learning I will be able to make a set of suggestions and strategies for the future that will be economically and practically viable. The resulting suggestions may then be used to improve the functionality of English language classrooms for both students and teachers and make the lives of EFL teachers more predictable.
This study is about taking an evidence-based approach to the optimisation of the design of BBC Skillwise in a way that it exploits to a great extent the opportunities made available by the digital technology. In achieving this goal, the study explore how well the BBC Skillwise work in terms of the way learner interact with it and most importantly, how it helps develop a deeper understanding of mathematics.
An increasing number of African Countries are now connected to high-speed internet connections, and with increasing competition in the worldwide economy, organizations or institutions are forced to look for more efficient and effective ways to create, spread and to apply functional and managerial knowledge. E-learning and knowledge management have become major words in organizational or institutional learning processes in the Africa. Many organizations or institutions invest in managing the knowledge within the organization and e-Learning, as a supporting tool, is used more and more. Institutions often wish to realize the advantages of e-learning, but face problems when setting-up these tools.
My study will look at learner participation on e-learning portals on the Health and Social Care courses. The study will aim to explore learner participation on forums, their utilisation of resources and peer support to meet the guided learning hours of the course as well as
the assessment criteria. There are learners studying the health and social care course and are enrolled on the blended learning pathway. My responsibilities as a teacher and assessor are to ensure that learners are supported throughout the duration of the course. This study would explore what is involved in action research as well as the implications. This would also
include a discussion of a literature review, the methodologies used, the results obtained and identification of recommendations. This research will show the impact of work and personal commitments to e-learning participation.
The area of research I have chosen is to look at is the problem of poor uptake of ILM leadership programmes at level 3, 4 and 5. The registrations on these programmes in our centre is falling each year and feedback from enquiries is often that the time to go on the traditional taught programmes is a barrier, as well as travel and accommodation costs to attend. Also leaver rates on these programs are also high with success rates being 25% currently of people starting the programme, 55% of registrations with the ILM. The length of time to complete the programme at level 5 is often over 2 years, compared to target end date of one year.
I chose to research this area as it is an issue within adult literacy that needs to be addressed. There is a demand to incorporate digital learning but the struggles are left with the tutor and the learners. Many learners are not able to spell their name and address let alone make use of a PC or type on an IPod. Also, not all teachers are skilled in the use of ICT and digital media but are great teachers regardless of this ability.
The area of research I have chosen is to look at is the problem of poor uptake of leadership programmes at level 3, 4 plus 5 and I will be exploring the issues of the introduction of self-managed development as a strategic organisational development tool, and online education ‘Is it as effective as traditional teaching.