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ERIC Number: EJ764151
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Mar
Pages: 17
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 33
ISSN: ISSN-0952-3987
Use of a Course Management System Based on Claroline to Support a Social Constructivist Inspired Course: A Greek Case Study
Papastergiou, Marina
Educational Media International, v44 n1 p43-59 Mar 2007
This study aimed to use a course management system (CMS) based on the open source software Claroline within a blended mode course, incorporating social constructivist approaches to learning, and to investigate its strengths and the challenges faced by the students and the instructor. Participants were 72 students and their instructor. Research data were collected through student questionnaires, transcripts of students' online discussions, and the instructor's notes. Analysis showed that the CMS contributed to the introduction of more reflective and student-centered learning modes. The students formed positive views regarding the CMS. However, both the students and the instructor noted usability deficiencies. Furthermore, the CMS did not support the instructor in applying social constructivist instructional strategies to a satisfactory degree. The findings suggest that the components and functionality of a CMS influence the degree to which it can support innovative pedagogy, and are discussed with respect to the design of CMSs. (Contains 1 figure and 5 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Greece