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ERIC Number: ED556035
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Apr
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 21
Constructivist E-Learning in Higher Education
Bognar, Branko; Gajger, Vesna; Ivic, Vlatka
Online Submission, Paper presented at the Faculty of Teacher Education University of Zagreb Conference--Researching Paradigms of Childhood and Education (Opatija, Croatia, April 13-15, 2015)
The use of e-learning has been recommended at all levels of the educational system, thus in higher education as well, but it is very often reduced to downloading teaching materials from the teachers' websites. Students rarely participate in forums discussing some teaching topics, and they even less use the learning management system in their educational process (Dukic & and Madaric, 2012). Among the learning management systems, the web application Moodle, which is based on the principles of constructivism and constructionism, is particularly popular. Constructivism assumes that learning is a social process where individuals learn through interacting with other people (Pritchard & Woollard, 2010), while constructionism additionally includes correlation of knowledge and social action (Burr, 2003). To encourage students to learn through interaction, researchers conducted an action research with the attempt to explore the possibilities of initiating discussions on the network forum of the Moodle system. The research was organised within the Pedagogy course in the first year of the teacher studies during the two academic years. The most important advantages of this way of learning proved to be the freedom and flexibility of participation, the possibility of exchanging experiences and ideas, reflection and collaborative learning. Discussions on web forums have shown also certain deficiencies such as inadequate and unequal activity of all participants, the lack of connection to the discussions of other participants (monologue form of writing), the lack of criticism, too long texts, technical problems and the problem of availability of computers connected to the Internet. This research has shown that it is possible to organise a constructivist e-learning in higher education students enjoy participating in.
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Croatia