CEC Theses and Dissertations

Title

A Model for Strategic Planning and Administering an Asynchronous Learning Network and SCORM within Higher Education Using the UML

Date of Award

2003

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department

Graduate School of Computer and Information Sciences

Advisor

John A. Scigliano

Committee Member

Laurie Dringus

Committee Member

Steven R. Terrell

Abstract

The problem that was addressed in this study was the array of challenges in strategically planning for asynchronous distance learning networks and the Sharable Content Object Reference Model (SCORM) for the University of the Virgin Islands (UVI). This study addressed the following questions: What strategic considerations are necessary in effectively administering an ALN? How can strategic planning assist UVI's efforts to achieve its pedagogical goals and objectives? What strategic considerations are necessary to combine IT with pedagogy in an effective manner? What must be done through the validation process to improve the model to make it more applicable to practitioners? What must be done to the model to reflect the real-world online learning environment (OLE)? In what ways can the model that results from this study be used to improve current and future plans and operations? ALNs allow people to learn asynchronously without the constraints of time and space.

The SCORM is a technological initiative that provides the means for content objects to be shared across multiple learning delivery environments. It uses ALNs to accommodate the pedagogical needs of dispersed learners and other stakeholders. In accordance with its intentions to enter the market of distance education, UVI is initiating efforts to offer courses asynchronously beyond the confines of its two campuses. This is a new initiative that is being adopted by UVI in its efforts to keep abreast with the educational needs and requirements of its audience and in its efforts to plan strategically to insure economic buoyancy.

In this study, the researcher provided an object-oriented strategic planning model (OOSPM) that UVI can adopt, adapt, and implement in support of its goal to effect learning through an ALN. The objective was to provide an overview of the considerations involved in administering an ALN and the SCORM currently and in the future for higher education institutions.

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