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Topics: E-learning, Virtual learning environment, Learning management system Pages: 20 (5579 words) Published: June 19, 2013
Readiness Assessment Tool for An eLearning Environment Implementation Cecilia A. Mercado College of Information and Computing Sciences Saint Louis University, Baguio City Philippines Email : cicsdean@slu.edu.ph

Abstract Economic, social and technological trends are shifting the global economy and the universities' behavior around the world. The need to acquire and to provide students knowledge and skills beyond geographic borders drives higher education institutions to an astute state of cogitation. e-Learning is becoming an answer to continuous learning and changes in the new economy. It responds to this need by offering new ways of learning and alternative ways of teaching. Before even considering any e-learning solutions or tools, it is imperative to assess and address the factors that can cause failures in education. Success in online learning comes about by understanding the needs as well as the readiness of major players in the online learning environment. By understanding these critical factors that foster online learning, the success of implementing an online learning ready environment is more likely to be achieved. This paper attempts to present a readiness tool cum needs assessment that would reflect the value of understanding the institutions current state and the different readiness parameters in implementing an elearning environment. Keywords: Assessment Tool, eLearning Environment

1. Introduction IT and communications technologies are pervasive in all social aspects, including the educational, due to the need of getting information from beyond geographic borders (Vicent, 2006). Such technologies provide opportunities for higher education institution to enhance the learning environment of the students as well as the management and administration of program and module delivery and support. One of the enhancements of the learning environment is the introduction of eLearning. e-Learning is “the acquisition and use of knowledge distributed and facilitated primarily by electronic means (Wentling, 2008). The Commission on Technology and Adult Learning (2001) defined e-Learning as the instructional content or learning experiences delivered or enabled by electronic technology. In practice, it incorporates a wide variety of learning strategies and technologies. A wide range of systems fall into the elearning purview - from students using email and accessing course work online while following a course on campus to programs offered entirely online. This type of ICTenhanced learning is "increasingly prominent in tertiary education” (Commission on Adult Technology, 2001; OECD, 2005). McCombs (2005) stated that the rate at which a variety of institutions are entering the distance learning arena is increasing rapidly. The numbers of universities that offer

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distance education courses and programs have increased exponentially since the 1980s (Jones, 1997). Universities are gradually bringing eLearning into the mainstream of their educational programs and it is often an integral part of a classroom-based course (OECD, 2005). In a rush to employ e-Learning, many institutions however, are making ominous blunder usually caused by their unfamiliarity with requisites of e-learning. Any attempt to institutionalize e-Learning will prove futile without first attaining its vital requisites (Trinidad, 2002). Adding to the mystification that surrounds any e-learning initiative is the market availability of a wide range of e-learning solutions. Experience has shown that when a decision has been made to use a technology in open and distance learning, this decision influences not only the teaching and learning environment. It leads to the development of new cultures, concepts, and understanding. Consequently, the introduction of an alternative form of learning can alter and raise...

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