Yongmei Bentley et al.Learning supported locally.This MBA programme has close collaborations with each of the local institutions which provide counterpart lecturers to undertake the defined functions and to provide necessary support to the local students. Learning supported from the providing institution remotely from the student. This dimension refers to the provision of different forms of communication to support individual learners or groups of learners by a tutor from the providing institution. The forms of communication between the tutor and the students on this MBA programme have primarily been e-mails and by means of the discussion board via BREO and other computer-based conferencing (Voice Café and WIMBA Live Classroom discussions), but there has also been postal correspondence and communications by telephone. 4. Research method As mentioned above, this research investigated the impact of distance learning support systems on the learning experience of the MBA students at a number of the University’s global sites. The primary research method used was by two questionnaire surveys. The first survey covered the period between April and July 2008, and had both online and off-line components. The second covered the period between January and March 2009, and was conducted online. The topics covered in the surveys included learning and teaching strategies, the quality of online learning delivery, the means of assessment, and the support mechanisms that were already in place. Comments were also invited where appropriate in order to seek for new solutions. There were 26 questions in the questionnaire which covered seven areas: registration, induction, Business School days (face-to-face teaching), other teaching support (including textbooks, CD-ROMs, blackboard - BREO, website links, Voice Café, module queries and responses), assessment design, social networking, and overall learning experience. In principle, both surveys had the same type of
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E-learning, Virtual learning environment, MBA Programme