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ERIC Number: ED422865
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Pages: 7
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The Vicarious Learner: Helping Students "Listen In" To Learn.
McKendree, Jean; Lee, John; Dineen, Finbar; Mayes, Terry
This paper focuses on the Vicarious Learner project, at Glasgow Caledonian University and the University of Edinburgh (Scotland) that is looking at issues concerning the role of dialogue in learning. Efforts to understand how the value of dialogue in learning depends on the structure of the environment in which it takes place are discussed. The paper begins with a description of the concept of "tertiary courseware" or "vicarious resources," i.e., courseware that contains structures to support discussion among learners and tutors and to capture these dialogues in order to make them reusable for the next group of students. Problems encountered when trying to generate such material are presented, along with some of the solutions being investigated. Also presented are tasks with which to structure and focus dialogues more effectively than generally happens in many seminar or bulletin board discussions. The use of a series of Task Directed Discussion games (TDDs) that demand increasingly deeper thinking about the domain to ease the students into discussions is highlighted. It is concluded that the TDD approach has worked for generating better discussions and hence better vicarious learning material. (Contains 14 references.) (AEF)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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