Are Virtual Learning Environments used to facilitate collaborative student learning activity? Findings of an institutional evaluation

Turnock, Chris and Gannon-Leary, Pat (2008) Are Virtual Learning Environments used to facilitate collaborative student learning activity? Findings of an institutional evaluation. In: ESCalate Conference, 29-30 April 2008, Stirling.

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Abstract

Virtual Learning Environments (VLEs) are used extensively within higher education, primarily as an educational tool, but can also have additional functionality. There has been considerable debate, both internal to the university and in the external academic community, about the value of a VLE, e.g. MacLaren (2004), Sharp et al. (2005) and Conole and de Laat (2006). The focus of this debate is whether or not a VLE is primarily used as a transmissive tool, in which the teacher determines VLE content and communication and which tends to be teacher initiated while the student adopts a passive role (Jonassen & Land, 2000). Whilst a transmissive approach may be an important element in students’ learning experiences, there is little evidence to suggest such usage facilitates deep learning.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: X200 Research and Study Skills in Education
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > School of Health, Community and Education Studies > Education and Lifelong Learning
Depositing User: EPrint Services
Date Deposited: 19 Oct 2010 10:36
Last Modified: 26 May 2017 05:08
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/116

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