Tutorial Distance Learning

Rebuilding Our Educational System

  • Alfred Bork
  • Sigrun Gunnarsdottir

Part of the Innovations in Science Education and Technology book series (ISET, volume 12)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Alfred Bork, Sigrun Gunnarsdottir
    Pages 1-6
  3. Alfred Bork, Sigrun Gunnarsdottir
    Pages 7-17
  4. Alfred Bork, Sigrun Gunnarsdottir
    Pages 19-29
  5. Alfred Bork, Sigrun Gunnarsdottir
    Pages 31-46
  6. Alfred Bork, Sigrun Gunnarsdottir
    Pages 47-62
  7. Alfred Bork, Sigrun Gunnarsdottir
    Pages 63-70
  8. Alfred Bork, Sigrun Gunnarsdottir
    Pages 71-83
  9. Alfred Bork, Sigrun Gunnarsdottir
    Pages 85-94
  10. Alfred Bork, Sigrun Gunnarsdottir
    Pages 95-104
  11. Alfred Bork, Sigrun Gunnarsdottir
    Pages 105-113
  12. Alfred Bork, Sigrun Gunnarsdottir
    Pages 115-128
  13. Alfred Bork, Sigrun Gunnarsdottir
    Pages 129-143
  14. Alfred Bork, Sigrun Gunnarsdottir
    Pages 145-157
  15. Alfred Bork, Sigrun Gunnarsdottir
    Pages 159-172
  16. Back Matter
    Pages 173-191

About this book

Introduction

Learning is a critical worldwide problem for humans, essential to create a peaceful and happy world. We have serious problems in learning in both wealthy and poor areas. New approaches to learning are needed, as the current system may not rise to the new challenges.
This book proposes a new strategy for learning, worldwide and for all ages of students. Computer-based distance learning would be the major delivery mechanism, with very large numbers of students. The very frequent interactions between the student and the computer would be like that with a skilled human teacher. These interactions would take place in the student's native language, in both directions. A typical interaction would be a question to a student, and a free-form student response. Both voice and keyboard student input would be possible. The learning programs would work with each student until mastery is achieved, adapting to the needs of each. Students would be active learners.
The book begins with the problems and goals of learning. It considers possible forms of distance learning, looking at the variables involved, current examples of distance learning, and possible future forms including examples from science fiction. It then investigates student interactions, considering both frequency of interactions and the quality of each interaction. Programs developed in the Educational Technology Center at the University of California, Irvine, illustrate the critical idea of tutorial learning with computers. Production of tutorial learning material and costs for a student hour of learning is discussed. The book ends with suggestions for future progress.
Current hardware and software is fully adequate for the tasks described. Development of all required learning units is a major activity. After this development, both better quality of learning and lower costs are very likely. Further experimental work is essential to understand the possibilities.

Keywords

Software computer development learning multimedia production quality science

Authors and affiliations

  • Alfred Bork
    • 1
  • Sigrun Gunnarsdottir
    • 2
  1. 1.University of California, IrvineIrvineUSA
  2. 2.Iceland TelecomReykjavikIceland

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-010-0636-1
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic / Plenum Publishers, New York 2001
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-0-306-46644-1
  • Online ISBN 978-94-010-0636-1
  • Series Print ISSN 1873-1058
  • About this book