You are here:

Patterns of use of Virtual Learning Environments and Students’ Approaches to Learning: a Case Study of Undergraduate Students
PROCEEDINGS

, , Middlesex University, United Kingdom

EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Vienna, Austria ISBN 978-1-880094-65-5 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC

Abstract

Institution-wide use of VLEs (Virtual Learning Environments) in universities promised more flexible learning, although concerns have also been raised about the quality of their pedagogical effects. This study aims to explore the relation between approaches to learning and patterns of use of a VLE in an undergraduate Computing Science module. Key points from the ‘students’ approaches to learning a’ stream of research are summarised, with an emphasis on the existence of three distinct approaches to learning: the ‘deep’, the ‘strategic’ and the ‘surface’ approach. The results suggest that a strategic approach to learning appears to some extent to be consistent with more extensive use of the system. Directions for further research are provided with a focus on the approaches teachers adopt to achieve desirable learning outcomes.

Citation

Mimirinis, M. & Dafoulas, G. (2008). Patterns of use of Virtual Learning Environments and Students’ Approaches to Learning: a Case Study of Undergraduate Students. In J. Luca & E. Weippl (Eds.), Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2008--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (pp. 6349-6356). Vienna, Austria: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved December 17, 2018 from .

Keywords

View References & Citations Map

References

  1. Atherton, J.S. (2002) Learning and Teaching: Deep and Surface Learning, Leicester, De Montfort University. Available at: http://www.csr.uvic.ca/%7Emstorey/research/papers/edtech.pdf
  2. Britain, S. And Liber, O. (2004) A Framework for the Pedagogical Evaluation of Virtual Learning Environments Report 41, JISC Technology Applications Programme. Available at: < http://www.jisc.ac.uk/jtap/htm/jtap-041.html >
  3. Ellis, R. And Calvo, R. (2006) Discontinuities in university student experiences of learning through discussions, British Journal of Educational Technology, 37 (1): 55-68.
  4. Eisenstadt, M. (2007) Does elearning have to be so awful? (Time to Mashup or Shut up), Keynote speech, The 7th
  5. Gibbs, G.R. (1999) Learning how to learn using a virtual learning environment for philosophy. Journal of computer assisted learning, 15: 221-231.
  6. Jenkins, M., Browne, T. And Armitage, S. (2001) Management and implementation of Virtual Learning Environments: A UCISA funded survey. Report, UCISA. Available at: < http://www.ucisa.ac.uk/TLIG/vle>
  7. Konrad, J. (2003) Review of educational research on virtual learning environments [VLE]-implications for the improvement of teaching and learning and access to formal learning in Europe. Paper presented at the European Conference on Educational Research, University of Hamburg, 17-20 September.

These references have been extracted automatically and may have some errors. If you see a mistake in the references above, please contact info@learntechlib.org.