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Computer Assisted Learning

Computer Assisted Learning or Communications:
Which Way for Information Technology in Distance Education?

Two uses of computers for teaching in distance education are compared and contrasted: systems based on structured, pre-programmed learning materials (i.e., computer assisted learning, or CAL), where the learner communicates as if with the computer; and systems based on the communications functions of computers (i.e., computer-mediated communications systems), using electronic mail, conferencing and data-based to facilitate communication between teachers and students.

It is argued that the two systems represent quite different educational philosophies, and for distance teaching at a higher educational level, the communications mode offers a more appropriate, humanistic, and pragmatic route for future development. [Abstract, Creative Commons]

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  1. The use of computers in distant education facilitate both 1) communication between the student and the computer based on structured pre-programed learning materials and 2) communication between the student and professor using electronic media, i.e., electronic mail, conferencing and database. Computers make both these type communications effective tools to enhance learning in distant education; both are essential because they address various learning styles of students and teaching styles of professors. Trinity Graduate School of Apologetics and Theology provides Seminary education online making the computer a vital tool to offer their free tuition, no fees, and educational opportunities worldwide .

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