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A Look At Asynchronous Learning Network Courses As Used At Kettering University

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1998 Annual Conference


Seattle, Washington

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June 28, 1998

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June 28, 1998

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July 1, 1998



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3.19.1 - 3.19.10



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Stephen E. Aylor

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Session 2663 A Look At Asynchronous Learning Network Courses As Used At Kettering University

Stephen E. Aylor, Ph. D. Assistant Professor Kettering University 1700 West Third Avenue Flint, MI 48504-4898


For the past ten years the use of computer based instruction (CBI) has been presented as providing learning benefits over traditional classroom methods. With the advent of the graphical browser for the World Wide Web (WWW) in 1994 ever increasing usage of this media has been explored. The World Wide Web currently allows us to include a combination of on-screen text, graphics, pictures, sound and movies as has been the case in traditional classrooms. The main advantages of the WWW is that it (1) no longer ties the student to the classroom on campus, (2) allows the student almost instant access to new materials posted by the instructor, (3) has the ability to deliver instruction to remote students easier and cheaper than other distance learning methods and (4) provides a truly asynchronous learning environment. This paper presents the initial efforts at Kettering University to include asynchronous learning networks (ALNs) as part of the overall learning experience.


The long term key to improving American productivity is education.[1] Difficulties associated with using the traditional classroom to reach working professionals resulted in Kettering University developing an effective video taped distance learning system for the school’s Graduate program. For the last two years the school has been actively investigating the use of the Internet to improve both the delivery and the content University's graduate programs. These efforts have resulted in the development of few graduate level courses as an initial attempt at providing a framework for asynchronous learning networks for use on the WWW. To leverage the effort and expense of developing asynchronous learning networks for the graduate program undergraduate courses (provided in traditional on campus classrooms) are being developed for asynchronous learning. This paper will look at two of these courses, one a graduate course called "Automation Topics for Management" , the second is an under graduate course in “Numerically Controlled Systems”.


The Distance Learning Team at Kettering University adopted the use of “asynchronous learning networks” to define the school's intent to provide anytime, anyplace based learning.

Aylor, S. E. (1998, June), A Look At Asynchronous Learning Network Courses As Used At Kettering University Paper presented at 1998 Annual Conference, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/1-2--7265

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