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Exploring the affordances of e-learning for teaching and learning: A case study in higher education with special education teachers in Singapore
Affordances of e-learning
Singapore teachers
Online social interactions
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Paper presented at the 10th Hawaii International Conference on Education, Honolulu, Hawaii, 5-8 January 2012
The advantage of e-learning environments is that it allows for enhanced interaction amongst
learners and educator. While we are aware of the advantages of this technology, more
research can be done in this field of technology to add to current body of knowledge of
pedagogical strategies in an effort to create engaging and meaningful learning environments
for special educators. The objective of this study is to begin to examine the affordances of elearning
as part of a blended delivery model for a group of in-service special educators to
supplement traditional face to face classroom sessions and to consider strategies of
integrating it into teaching and learning. This study utilized the Blackboard Learning
Management System at the National Institute of Education, Singapore. The research
objective for this study was : what evidence is there that e-learning promotes social
interactions to support learning processes? Data collection was done via the analysis of the
archives of e-learning sessions and an online survey conducted to gather students and
lecturers feedback on their perceptions of e-learning. The outcomes explored how e-learning
benefitted learners in terms of enhanced interaction patterns, motivation, and collaborative
learning (Bates, 2005) and how a sense of togetherness and shared experience or
camaraderie helped offset the danger of attrition where students study both remotely and
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