Patterns of use of virtual learning environments and students’ approaches to learning: a case study of undergraduate students

Mimirinis, Mike and Dafoulas, George (2008) Patterns of use of virtual learning environments and students’ approaches to learning: a case study of undergraduate students. In: Proceedings of World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications (EDMEDIA) 2008. Luca, Joseph and Weippl, Edgar R., eds. AACE, pp. 6349-6356. ISBN 1880094657

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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.

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications (EDMEDIA) 2008 Vienna, Austria June 30, 2008
Keywords (uncontrolled): Virtual Environments Students Information Sciences Educational Technology Information Communication Technologies
Research Areas: A. > Centre for Education Research and Scholarship (CERS)
A. > School of Health and Education > Education
A. > School of Science and Technology > Computer Science
A. > School of Science and Technology > Computer Science > Intelligent Environments group
Item ID: 13897
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Depositing User: Mike Mimirinis
Date Deposited: 24 Nov 2014 15:58
Last Modified: 21 Mar 2017 14:18
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/13897

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