Performing a course material enhancement process with asynchronous interactive online system

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Online systems have come to be heavily used in education, particularly for online learning and collecting information not otherwise readily available. Most e-learning systems, including interactive learning systems, have been designed to "push" course materials to students but rarely to "collect" or "pull" ideas from them. The interactive mechanisms in proposed instructional design models, however, prevent many potential designers from improving course quality, even though some believe that the learning experience and the comments of students are important for enhancing course materials. As well, students could actually contribute to instructional design. This paper presents a course material enhancement process that elicits ideas from students by encouraging students to modify course materials. This process had been tested on different higher education programs, both graduate and undergraduate. It aims to understand which programs' students have a higher willingness to participate in this work and if they can benefit from this process. To facilitate this research, an asynchronous interaction system, teacher digital assistant (TDA), was designed for teachers to receive responses, recommendations, and modified materials from students at any time. The major advantage of this process is that it could embed students' thoughts into the course material to improve the curriculum, which can benefit future students.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)567-581
Number of pages15
JournalComputers and Education
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2007 May

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Science(all)
  • Education


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