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Development Of Effective Online Learning Systems For Technology Oriented Courses

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2007 Annual Conference & Exposition


Honolulu, Hawaii

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June 24, 2007

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June 24, 2007

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June 27, 2007



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Emerging Trends in Engineering Education Poster Session

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12.532.1 - 12.532.10

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Leslie Pagliari East Carolina University

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Richard Monroe East Carolina University

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David Batts East Carolina University

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Development of Effective Online Learning Systems for Technology-Oriented Courses Introduction:

According to Everett M. Rogers, innovation is “an idea perceived as new by the individual,” and diffusion is “the process by which innovation spreads” (16; 10). According to the book Diffusion of Innovations written by Rogers (16):

“The essence of the diffusion process is the human interaction in which one person communicates a new idea to another person. Thus, at the most elemental level of conceptualization, the diffusion process consists of (1) a new idea, (2) individual A who knows about the innovation, and (3) individual B who does not yet know about the innovation.”

Online learning or distance education among individuals has been a topic of discussion for quite some time. There have been many different thoughts and theories as to what distance education should consist of; how people perceive distance education; and what should be included in a distance education course. In order to understand the confusion behind the acceptance of new technologies and ideas, many turn to the Diffusion of Innovation model. The Diffusion of Innovations model is based on the process of understanding how new ideas and products spread. It also discusses why some great ideas do not make it or take a long time to catch on. It analyzes and helps explain the adaptation of a new innovation. It helps us understand the process of social change.

We all realize that online learning is not easily successful. The instructor must give extra effort in order for the student to learn effectively. Students have access to the instructor 24 hours a day via email. The instructor must effectively participate in the course in order for the student to learn and understand materials in an effective manner. Many have asked what type of an individual it takes to participate in online learning. Social learning theories tell us many theories about success and how new innovations can inhibit learning or increase learning in an individual.

An individual must do their full part in order to be on the track of the secret of personal success. This type of person needs the following: • energy and initiative • self-reliance and tenacity • sympathy and adaptability • intelligence (22)

Cooley (6) states that we need all the opportunity that society can give us, but it will do us little good without our own personal force, intelligence, and persistence. These characteristics will help an individual succeed in any new environment. The characteristics listed above are exactly the characteristics a person must have in order to succeed in a new and changing environment that distance education provides.

Pagliari, L., & Monroe, R., & Batts, D. (2007, June), Development Of Effective Online Learning Systems For Technology Oriented Courses Paper presented at 2007 Annual Conference & Exposition, Honolulu, Hawaii.

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