THE ROLE OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY IN ELECTRONIC EDUCATION IN IRAN
1 Islamic Azad University, Science and Research Branch (IRAN)
2 Science and Research Branch, Islamic Azad University,Tehran (IRAN)
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Appears in: ICERI2009 Proceedings
Publication year: 2009
Conference name: 2nd International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation
Dates: 16-18 November, 2009
Location: Madrid, Spain
Abstract:In the knowledge economy, to maintain competitive advantage organizations must continuously innovate and utilize knowledge to create new and better-quality goods and services. E-education focused on the modern use of the Internet, is global as "virtual", given the use of some concepts with similar semantics: Learning through Web (Web-based learning), distributed learning (distributed learning), learning by computer, distance learning, open learning or learning in the network. On the other hand, the term "e-education" refers to the application of Internet technology to the delivery of learning experiences. One of the best choices for designing electronic education is information technology. One of the main characteristics of information technology is its rapidly developing. Information technology (IT) is the study, design, development, implementation, support or management of computer-based information systems, particularly software applications and computer hardware. IT deals with the use of electronic computers and computer software to convert, store, protect, process, transmit and securely retrieve information.Therefore, one of the important stages of development of information technology in education is decision-making about priorities. Hence, it is required the priorities in virtual education development in terms of cultural geography, readiness for electronic educational, electronic course content, cost and operating budget and most importantly of all; human resources are studied and analyzed. In this paper has been paid special attention to feasibility of establishment of Iran's virtual education in terms of technical, human, financial and organizational culture. The main questions of this paper are: 1- Does this possibility to establish virtual education using information technology in Iran? 2- What are the required contexts for applying the information technology in establishment of virtual education?
Keywords: information technology, electronic education, iran.