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ERIC Number: ED448121
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Aug
Pages: 25
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Students' Views on Learning in Virtual University.
Tirri, Kirsi; Nevgi, Anne
This study examines Finnish college students' views on learning in a virtual university. Respondents studied at Helsinki Virtual Open University (HEVI) and the Apaja Internet Service from 1995-99. HEVI is a Web-based learning environment where students can study, get advice, receive help from tutors, and use office services. Apaja Internet Service provides Web-based courses for university graduates to promote skills relevant to the labor market. Respondents completed a questionnaire evaluating the advantages and disadvantages of Web-based learning. The questionnaire measured basic components of learner-centered and constructivist ideas in learning. Students assessed how learning was tailored to meet their individual needs and how well they received personalized guidance and feedback. They also assessed the disadvantages of Web-based learning by evaluating difficulties due to technology and expenses. Overall, the application of constructivist approaches to Web-based learning had more advantages than disadvantages. However, different students had unique needs, which must be acknowledged more in planning and implementing Web-based courses and learning environments. Age and educational background were important factors influencing students' views on the advantages and disadvantages of Web-based learning. (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Finland