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Making a Case for E - learning: Experiences in E-learning at Langston University Langston, Oklahoma, USA

P Chogugudza

Abstract


Research shows that, when activities are well planned, Web-based learners‟ performances can surpass those of students in traditional learning settings. This paper discusses the findings carried out to investigate the effectiveness of e- learning in hybrid and online learning environments at Langston University in Oklahoma, USA. The study under discussion was a case study carried on 26 freshman students at the Langston University in Oklahoma, USA who were struggling with English Language skills competence. The research method was qualitative based mainly on participatory and observation and asking students‟ their feelings, observing them work as well as recording their scores before and after. The aim of the study was to explore whether technology/e learning can impact students‟ success in terms of skills competence, retention, and engagement. The research found that e- learning exploits interactive technologies and communication systems to improve the students‟ learning experiences. It also established that e- learning can provide a horde of educational opportunities ranging from creating exciting and meaningful learning experiences for students to reinforcing understanding, increasing student interaction and engagement, stimulating self directed learning, to providing resources and supportive collaboration from a distance. The study concluded that technology has the potential to transform the way teachers teach and the way students learn. The study recommended, however, that before resorting to e –learning, educators recognize that e -learning is about learning and not about technology and that strategic planning and development of e -learning should be based on the needs and demands of learners as well their level of their educational experiences.

Key Concepts: E- learning, information and communications technology skills, effective practice with e- learning, pedagogy, learning activity




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