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Korean Journal of General Education 2012;6(3):123-164.
Published online September 30, 2012.
A Study to Improve Cyber Classes in Liberal Education among Korean Universities
Hong-Joon Yoo, Tae-In Chung
교양기초교육에서 사이버 강좌 운영 실태와 개선방안
유홍준, 정태인
The purpose of this study is to find the way to improve the quality of cyber lectures in general education courses among Korean universities by analyzing their operations. Among the 55 universities which offer data, the proportion of cyber lectures ranges from zero to ten percent. Sungkyunkwan University(SKKU) offers 4.8percent of cyber lectures for general education and it comprised 23.6% in number of students taking general education classes. A survey was conducted for 1,689 SKKU students taking cyber classes in fall semester of 2011 acdemic year. 45.4% answered they liked off-line class better while 23.6% preferred cyber class. Many students(41.0%) complained about the obsoleted class contents and complaints for lacking communication with lecturers(36.7%) was ranked as the second. The endeavors to improve the quality of cyber lectures should be focused on these two aspects. The results of in-depth interviews with the faculties in ten universities countrywide show many similarities with some differences. We interpret the result as representing contingencies by university. It seems like there is no loyal road in operation of cyber lectures in general education. As we find some positive aspects of e-learning, we have some suggestions to improve it. First of all, the up-grading of class contents is mostly urgent and it should be continuous. It is also necessary to fortify tutorial activities to resolve dissatisfaction in communication within class. Meanwhile we should develop professional e-learning designer. In the long run, the organizational expansion for developing strategies for e-learning and for more systematic operation of cyber classes is necessary.
Key Words: cyber lecture, class contents, communication problem, contingency, educational effectiveness


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