Overview & Classification of Web-based Education (Systems, Tools & Practices)

T. Hadzilacos and M. Xenos (Greece)


Distance education, web-based education, classification, systems, tools.


We present a classification of web-based education systems, tools and practices, focusing on the learning process and in particular on what the learner does while learning. The classification is based on six basic functions during the learning process: information storing/ retrieving; written expression; communication and publication; experimentation including programming, simulation and virtual reality; administration; and what is today `advanced usage'. The paper also presents a brief overview of systems, tools and practices currently used in web-based education, including examples of actual usage characterized according to these learning process functions. Plotting learning functionality requirements vs web-systems functionality provided we can clearly see the needs and opportunities ahead.

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