Title: Critical factors in the socio-cultural e-Learning engineering process

Authors: Stephanos Mavromoustakos, Andreas S. Andreou, Katerina Papanikolaou

Addresses: Cyprus College, 6 Diogenes Str. Engomi, 1516 Nicosia, Cyprus. ' University of Cyprus, 75 Kallipoleos Str., 1678 Nicosia, Cyprus. ' Cyprus College, 6 Diogenes Str. Engomi, 1516 Nicosia, Cyprus

Abstract: The transfer of the traditional teaching and learning process into the new environment is not always successful. In this paper, we identify the most important factors that need to be included in the e-Learning engineering process with emphasis on the human, social and cultural factors and how these affect the successful development of e-Learning systems. The critical factors are divided in three axons Human, Social and Cultural Factors, Quality Components and Pedagogy Requirements. Finally, we propose an e-Learning engineering process incorporating these axons. The process is demonstrated through a case study showing the efficacy of our process.

Keywords: e-learning systems; web engineering; methodology; socio-cultural factors; online learing; quality; pedagogy.

DOI: 10.1504/IJCEELL.2007.013663

International Journal of Continuing Engineering Education and Life-Long Learning, 2007 Vol.17 No.2/3, pp.178 - 200

Published online: 10 May 2007 *

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