Comparing Elements of Electronic Curriculum and In-Person Training

Abstract

Introduction: Today, the speed of doubling of science, application of new technologies and thus the need to more training and consequently more costs, have made the education organizations and institutes use new education strategies. One of these strategies is electronic training. The characteristics of electronic curriculum based on Frances Klein Pattern is compared with those of in-person training in this study. Methodology: The dominant approach of this study was qualitative. Thus, the data were collected by organized interviews with 20 university professors (from Medical Sciences, Azad, Payame Noor, and Applied Science and Technology Universities) through purposive and convenient sampling and were analyzed using qualitative data analysis methods. Findings: The results of this study indicated that the development of curriculum goals, selection and organization of content, determination of learning activities, classification of learners, and assessment methods were not attended to in designing electronic curriculum. It was also shown that in-person training has a better situation with regard to these components, while, electronic curriculum is in a better situation with regard to time, location, selection of teaching strategies, materials, and learning sources. Conclusion: Since systematic point of view is required for the success of a curriculum, it is essential to attend to the components that had a worse situation in this study in the second design of electronic curriculum.



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Golnoosh Mirsaidi, Islamic Azad University, Iran
Hadi Barati, Allameh Tabatabaei University, Iran

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Conference: IICE2015
Stream: Digital technologies and communications

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