Title: Learning together: designing effective e-classrooms

Authors: Liz Frondigoun, Helen Jones

Addresses: School of Law and Social Sciences, Glasgow Caledonian University, Hamish Wood Building, Cowcaddens Road, Glasgow, G4 0BA, Scotland, UK. ' Manchester Metropolitan University, GM322 Geoffrey Manton Building, Rosamond St West, Manchester, M15 6LL, England, UK

Abstract: This paper reports on the innovative development of e-learning in criminology and criminal justice programmes that were designed in line with the current ethos of learning and teaching in the Higher Education Academy. The criteria for best practice, the advantages and potential barriers to implementing or adopting such an approach to teaching are highlighted. The paper then discusses the experiences of our students who have participated in virtual collaborative work with students in other jurisdictions and geographical locations in the UK and the US. It concludes that while there are many beneficial outcomes for students and staff in this learning and teaching experience it does need to be supported in the academy if it is to continue to be viable.

Keywords: e-communication; electronic communication; e-learning; international collaboration; electronic learning; student-centred learning; e-classrooms; electronic classrooms; criminology; criminal justice; teaching staff; best practice; barriers; virtual collaboration; online learning; jurisdictions; UK; United Kingdom; USA; United States; beneficial outcomes; Manchester Metropolitan University; England; Glasgow Caledonian University; Scotland; universities; Higher Education Academy; ICT; information technology; communications technology; internet; world wide web; innovation; challenges.

DOI: 10.1504/IJIL.2011.039341

International Journal of Innovation and Learning, 2011 Vol.9 No.3, pp.248 - 259

Published online: 26 Nov 2014 *

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