On-line English courses abound on the World Wide Web and yet, on the whole, they have failed to fulfil their much-vaunted potential. On their own, they lack that all important, but overlooked magic ingredient – classroom face-to-face interaction.
Partially On-Line Learning (POLL) addresses this. POLL is a fusion of the best of new computer facilitated on-line learning and the best of traditional face-to-face learning.
Two POLL course initiatives, a children’s course and an undergraduate course, will be discussed and demonstrated. The presentation will include the pedagogical foundations on which on-line learning is based and its practice; the demonstration of computer technology and software used; and evaluations of the initiatives.
Themes covered: constructivism, task-based and collaborative learning, tools of Computer Mediated Communication (CMC), WebCT software, and E-partnerships, and elements of financial and strategic management.