Livelms: A blended e-learning environment, a model proposition for integration of asynchronous and synchronous e-learning


Thesis Type: Postgraduate

Institution Of The Thesis: Orta Doğu Teknik Üniversitesi, Graduate School of Informatics, Information Systems, Turkey

Approval Date: 2009

Student: ERKAN ER

Supervisor: ALİ ARİFOĞLU

Abstract:

In distance education, lack of face-to-face communication prevents instructors from observing students’ activities efficiently, especially in crowded sessions, and consequently they fail to effectively assess the performance of distant learners. On the other hand, in spite of being physically distant, instructor should monitor students’ activities and assess their performance effectively so that learners can be informed as quickly as possible of how well they are doing. This thesis aims to develop an e-learning tool for distance education that integrates asynchronous and synchronous learning environments to offer an enriched e-learning platform. The tool enables instructor to keep track of students’ activities, assesses learners’ participation during online synchronous sessions dynamically, and provides asynchronous access to assessment data after the lectures. In this way, it is aimed to monitor performance of distant learners by the instructor more efficiently.