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Unconstrained Learning Environments

, , , University of Nevada, Las Vegas, United States

EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Denver, Colorado, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-95-2 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC


This paper addresses emerging concerns regarding popular learning management systems. In particular, the systems design encourages a teacher-centered approach that is not consisten with a more broadly defined user-centered approach. This paper presents an example of a bottom up approach to the design of a learning environment for web-based courses. The tool used in this case is DokuWiki, an open-source content management system. The paper describes how the flexibility of this type of system is conducive to the development of an interface that is intuitive, practical and consistent with how teachers and learners interact.


Hartley, K., Wilder, M. & Tan, Y.S. (2012). Unconstrained Learning Environments. In T. Amiel & B. Wilson (Eds.), Proceedings of EdMedia 2012--World Conference on Educational Media and Technology (pp. 1413-1417). Denver, Colorado, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved April 22, 2021 from .



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