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Information Technology Based Open Learning

Information Technology Based Open Learning Management Research News Volume 14 Number 7/8/9 1991 89 RESEARCH PROJECTS IN MANAGEMENT LEARNING (2) ent hardware and software combinations for CMCS usage By Dr. Vivien Hodgson, Lecturer, Centre for the Study of Management Learning. 3. to identify the key advantages and disadvantages of CMCS for part-time or distance education pur­ For the past two years, the Centre for the Study of Man­ poses for management and trainer development agement Learning (CSML) has been carrying out re­ search into Information Technology based Open CSML feels that ITOL and computer mediated com­ Learning (ITOL). The overall aim of the research has been munication systems have much to offer management to develop the potential that information technology of­ educators. Some of the possibilities that we see it to have fers for, in particular, distance, open education. The im­ for education provision and organisational life are sum­ petus for the research comes largely from a sympathy marised in a recent paper published in the Journal, Man­ with such views of T.R. Morrison who recently commented agement Education and Development (McConnell & that: Hodgson 1990). "some distance educators have become so wedded The paper looks at the potential contribution of com­ to particular concepts of distance education and the puter mediated communication systems and electronic belief system that it engenders, that they have networking for education. Areas covered in the paper in­ become the new traditionalists in an innovative field" clude internal and external communications, file transfer, (Morrison 1989) teaching and learning and national on-line databases. and a commitment to the ideology of an open learning The paper like our research in this area is "intended educational philosophy, that is an educational philosophy to help us capitalise on what technology (in this case CMCS) makes possible in a way that complements what which gives to learners: we believe we should be doing as educators in an IT "not only freedom of choice for the individual but world" (McConnell & Hodgson 1990). also the opportunity and the power to exercise that choice" (Boot& Hodgson 1988) The research has, with the support of Training Agency funding and the assistance of colleagues at Lan­ caster, produced an ITOL model for providing University based open learning via the use of information technol­ ogy (see Hodgson, Lewis & McConnell 1989). The model that was developed has at its core computer mediated communication systems (CMCS). We see this technol­ ogy offering enormous educational benefits in that it en­ ables learners to access and interrogate resources and References people at a distance, to establish personal or group general knowledge and information databases and to en­ Boot, R. & Hodgson, V. (1988) "Open Learning: Philos­ gage in learning interactions and dialogue. ophy or Expediency," PLET 25,3, pp. 197-204. CSML has used the ITOL model as the basis for the Hodgson, V. Lewis, R. & McConnell, D. (1989) "Informa­ design and delivery of its computer mediated MA in Man­ tion Technology-based Open learning - A study report", agement Learning. Extensive research and evaluation is InTER Occasional Paper, 12/89, Lancaster University. now being undertaken into that programme. The objec­ McConnell, D. & Hodgson, V. (1990) "Computer Mediated tives of the research are: Communications Systems - Electronic Networking and 1. to investigate the design characteristics and fea­ Education", MEAD 21,1, pp. 51-58. tures of this kind of education provision for manage­ Morrison, T.R. (1989) "Beyond Legitimacy: facing the fu­ ment and trainer development. ture in distance education", International Journal of Life­ 2. to investigate and catalogue the suitability of differ­ long Education 8,1, pp. 3-24. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Management Research News Emerald Publishing

Information Technology Based Open Learning

Management Research News , Volume 14 (7/8/9): 1 – Jul 1, 1991

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Management Research News Volume 14 Number 7/8/9 1991 89 RESEARCH PROJECTS IN MANAGEMENT LEARNING (2) ent hardware and software combinations for CMCS usage By Dr. Vivien Hodgson, Lecturer, Centre for the Study of Management Learning. 3. to identify the key advantages and disadvantages of CMCS for part-time or distance education pur­ For the past two years, the Centre for the Study of Man­ poses for management and trainer development agement Learning (CSML) has been carrying out re­ search into Information Technology based Open CSML feels that ITOL and computer mediated com­ Learning (ITOL). The overall aim of the research has been munication systems have much to offer management to develop the potential that information technology of­ educators. Some of the possibilities that we see it to have fers for, in particular, distance, open education. The im­ for education provision and organisational life are sum­ petus for the research comes largely from a sympathy marised in a recent paper published in the Journal, Man­ with such views of T.R. Morrison who recently commented agement Education and Development (McConnell & that: Hodgson 1990). "some distance educators have become so wedded The paper looks at the potential contribution of com­ to particular concepts of distance education and the puter mediated communication systems and electronic belief system that it engenders, that they have networking for education. Areas covered in the paper in­ become the new traditionalists in an innovative field" clude internal and external communications, file transfer, (Morrison 1989) teaching and learning and national on-line databases. and a commitment to the ideology of an open learning The paper like our research in this area is "intended educational philosophy, that is an educational philosophy to help us capitalise on what technology (in this case CMCS) makes possible in a way that complements what which gives to learners: we believe we should be doing as educators in an IT "not only freedom of choice for the individual but world" (McConnell & Hodgson 1990). also the opportunity and the power to exercise that choice" (Boot& Hodgson 1988) The research has, with the support of Training Agency funding and the assistance of colleagues at Lan­ caster, produced an ITOL model for providing University based open learning via the use of information technol­ ogy (see Hodgson, Lewis & McConnell 1989). The model that was developed has at its core computer mediated communication systems (CMCS). We see this technol­ ogy offering enormous educational benefits in that it en­ ables learners to access and interrogate resources and References people at a distance, to establish personal or group general knowledge and information databases and to en­ Boot, R. & Hodgson, V. (1988) "Open Learning: Philos­ gage in learning interactions and dialogue. ophy or Expediency," PLET 25,3, pp. 197-204. CSML has used the ITOL model as the basis for the Hodgson, V. Lewis, R. & McConnell, D. (1989) "Informa­ design and delivery of its computer mediated MA in Man­ tion Technology-based Open learning - A study report", agement Learning. Extensive research and evaluation is InTER Occasional Paper, 12/89, Lancaster University. now being undertaken into that programme. The objec­ McConnell, D. & Hodgson, V. (1990) "Computer Mediated tives of the research are: Communications Systems - Electronic Networking and 1. to investigate the design characteristics and fea­ Education", MEAD 21,1, pp. 51-58. tures of this kind of education provision for manage­ Morrison, T.R. (1989) "Beyond Legitimacy: facing the fu­ ment and trainer development. ture in distance education", International Journal of Life­ 2. to investigate and catalogue the suitability of differ­ long Education 8,1, pp. 3-24.

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