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ERIC Number: EJ1178138
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Jun
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1042-1629
Design of a Learning-Centered Online Environment: A Cognitive Apprenticeship Approach
García-Cabrero, Benilde; Hoover, Michael L.; Lajoie, Susanne P.; Andrade-Santoyo, Nadia L.; Quevedo-Rodríguez, Lídice M.; Wong, Janice
Educational Technology Research and Development, v66 n3 p813-835 Jun 2018
The design of online course materials is rarely informed by learning theories or their pedagogical implications. The goal of this research was to develop, implement and assess a virtual learning environment (VLE), SOFIAA, which was designed using the cognitive apprenticeship model (CAM), a pedagogical model based on learning-centered theory. We present an instructional design case study that reveals the steps taken to improve student performance in a master's level blended learning course on program evaluation. The case study documents four phases of improving on-line instruction in program evaluation, starting with Online Course Materials (OCM) that contained resources and information required to complete team field projects. In phase 1, quantitative analyses revealed that there was improvement of student test scores using the OCM, however, qualitative analyses of think-aloud sessions found that students failed to attain key course objectives. In phase 2, a team of experts reviewed the materials and suggested ways to improve opportunities for student learning. In phase 3, a (VLE) was designed based on the results of phase 2 using a reconceptualization of CAM as a design model. In phase 4, the VLE was validated using experts' appraisal of content and presentation, and student achievement, which indicated that use of the VLE led to significant improvement in learning over use of OCM. The design process is discussed in terms of a reconceptualization of CAM as a general strategy for instructional design that can be used to improve both the content and quality of online course materials.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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