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ERIC Number: EJ1099351
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1479-4403
Suitability of a Virtual Learning Environment for Higher Education
Koskela, Marileena; Kiltti, Piia; Vilpola, Inka; Tervonen, Janne
Electronic Journal of e-Learning, v3 n1 p23-32 2005
The number of virtual learning environments (VLEs) is increasing. Already a few case studies claim that VLEs are more effective as a learning method than traditional lecturing. Many of these case studies are in the area of information and communication technology (ICT). Therefore, the good learning results are not surprising. The aim of this paper is to examine the suitability of a VLE for higher education by comparing learning with a VLE and learning in a traditional lecture on an occupational safety engineering course. We will compare the learning results and the students' opinions of their learning process. The results show that the VLE students outperformed the lecture students. On the basis of these results and previous case studies, the VLE is suitable for higher education. Nevertheless VLEs should be used with caution in higher education. They should add extra value to a course. One possible value would be to use the VLE self-study method to evaluate one's learning before a final exam.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Finland
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