Nalyzing the Role of Networked Learning in Contemporary Higher Education, with Particular Regard to UK and China

Please NOTE: 1).the dissertation relates to networked learning, but not e-learning. They are different. Networked learning is about online education/ learning; so please focus on networked learning; 2) the dissertation is about higher education, but not schools or anything else. So the references or information should relate to higher education; 3) the dissertation is about two countries, not only UK. So please remember focus on China as well.

The aim of the dissertation is to research 1) What is the role of networked learning in higher education in UK and in China; 2) How advantage and disadvantage in using networked learning as basis of higher education? What educational benefits and limitations of networked learning are in higher education in UK and in China? 3) how could we design and manage the networked learning courses? 4) what is the difference of using networked learning between UK and China? Why the difference is there? How could we reduce or solve the gap?

In order to achieve these goals, the content of dissertation can be as followed:
Abstract
Introductiongoals of the study and structure of the dissertation
Chapter 1 Overview of Networked learning in higher education
1.1 definition of networked learning
please not only define what the networked learning is, but also discuss and analyze the definition.
1.2 networked learning in higher education
in what ways universities, colleges and distance education institutions delivery the online courses? Need to be organized: 1. wholly online programme 2. Distance with F2F 3. On campus + online learning.
1.2.1 Networked learning in higher education in UK
Why and How do UK government promote networked learning in higher education? How do university carry out the policy? e.g the Dearing Report. What since then? Look and Use information from HEFCE, HE Academy and JISC websites for this section.
using LTSN (the learning and teaching support network) as an example. Please not only describe it, but also discuss and analyze it.
1.2.2 Networked learning in higher education in China
Why and How do Chinese government promote networked learning in higher education? How do university carry out the policy?
using China educational and research network (CERNET) as an example. Please not only describe it, but also discuss and analyze it.

Chapter 2. Educational Benefits and Limitations of Networked learning in higher education
2.1 What are the education benefits of networked learning?
e.g. 2.1.1 improving students access. How networked learning can do that? Using an example about China universities for supporting this, Please not only describe the example, but also discuss and analyze it.
2.1.2 increasing convenience and flexibility for teaching and learning. How networked learning can do that? Does the relationship between teachers and learner have been changed by using networke learning? Using an example about UK universities for supporting this, Please not only describe the example, but also discuss and analyze it.
2.2 What are the education limitations of networked learning?
what the limitations are, and how they reflect on the networked learning both in UK and China. Using examples both from UK and China, Please not only describe the examples, but also discuss and analyze them.

Chapter 3 How to design and manage networked learning courses in higher education.
Please look books–McConnell, D. (2000). Implementing Computer Supported Cooperative Learning. London, Kogan Page. And MARGUERITA McVey Lynch (2002). The online educator: a guide to creating the virtual classroom. London: Routledge Falmer

3.1 How to design networked learning courses? (Please focus on CSCL)
3.1.1 Define computer supported cooperative learning (CSCL)
3.1.2 Define CSCL courses in UK.
How to design it? Using examples, and discuss, analyze them.
3.1.2 Define CSCL courses in China.
How to design it? Using examples, and discuss, analyze them.
3.2 How to manage networked learning courses?
3.2.1 How to manage networked learning courses in UK
How to manage it? Using examples, and discuss, analyze them.
3.2.2 How to manage networked learning courses in China
How to manage it? Using examples, and discuss, analyze them.

Chapter 4 Evaluation of networked learning in higher education in UK and in China
This section should be using examples drawn from UK and China
4.1 Evaluation of networked learning in higher education in UK (using examples)
Whether networked learning is good for education in UK? Any problems of using networked learning in higher education in UK? How could solve them?
4.2 Evaluation of networked learning in higher education in china (using examples)
Whether networked learning is good for education in China? Any problems of using networked learning in higher education in China? How could solve them?
4.3 Comparing with these two countries
what is the difference of using networked learning between UK higher education and China Higher education? Why there is the gap? How to reduce the gap?

Chapter 5 Conclusion