Challenges in employing complex e-learning strategies in campus-based universities
International Journal of Technology Enhanced Learning
Campus-based universities, Challenges, Complexity, Culture, Development, E-learning, Evaluation, Implementation, Infrastructure, Innovation, Multiple models, Planning
Despite the existence of a significant number of established interactive e-learning tools and strategies, the overall adoption of e-learning is not high in many universities. It is thus important for us to identify and understand the challenges that face more complex e-learning projects. Using a qualitative method that gathered together the reflections of experienced practitioners in the field, this paper outlines many types of challenges that arise in the planning and development, implementation and evaluation stages of e-learning projects. Some of these challenges are related to human factors and some are associated with external factors such as technological infrastructure, university policy and support and the teaching and learning culture as a whole. A number of models are presented to assist our understanding of this situation - one on understanding the nature of innovation, a grounded model of the challenge factors we have encountered in our own experience and one to show possible future directions.
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McNaught, C., Lam, P., Cheng, K.-F., Kennedy, D. M., & Mohan, J. B. (2009). Challenges in employing complex e-learning strategies in campus-based universities. International Journal of Technology Enhanced Learning, 1(4), 266-285. doi: 10.1504/IJTEL.2009.030778