16. A CASE STUDY OF KOREA’S CYBER HOME LEARNING SYSTEM
Hyeonjin Kim and Jeonghee Seo

Abstract

This chapter presents a case study of Korea’s national e-learning system for elementary and secondary students and teachers, the Cyber Home Learning System, which was launched in 2005 with the aim of reducing private tuition expenses and the educational gap between high- and low-income families. The school’s evolution and effectiveness is reviewed. The chapter concludes with recommendations for improving the system and using it to support the nation’s new Smart Education initiative for a 21st-century knowledge society.

Discussion Questions

1. In their conclusion, the authors give a series of recommendations for improving CHLS based on lessons learned from the program. What steps do they recommend that CHLS take to move from a Web 1.0 to a Web 2.0 learning approach? Are they all relevant outside the Korean context?

2. CHLS currently offers class-assigned and self-study options at different performance levels outside the regular school day. How might it be redesigned to support blended learning in schools?

3. The authors assert that the original policy goal of CHLS -- reducing private education expenses and educational gaps -- is difficult to measure, and that improved student learning via CHLS is a better and more measurable goal. Do you agree or disagree? Justify your answer.

4. If CHLS is redesigned to support mobile learning, what access issues would it need to address in doing so?

Additional Resources

Hwan, D., Yang, H., & Kim, H (2010). E-learning in the Republic of Korea. Moscow, Russia: UNESCO Institute for Information Technologies in Education. retrieved from http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0019/001921/192159e.pdf

Lim, B., & Kim, S. (2007). Issues and possibilities of CHLS (Cyber Home Learning System): Implications on language education. Multimedia-Assisted Language Learning, 11(1). 9-33

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