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Does Optional Web-Based Seminar Support Better (Constructivist) Learning in the Basics of Informatics?

Does Optional Web-Based Seminar Support Better (Constructivist) Learning in the Basics of Informatics?
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Author(s): Pekka Makkonen (University of Jyväskylä, Finland)
Copyright: 2005
Pages: 4
Source title: Managing Modern Organizations Through Information Technology
Source Editor(s): Mehdi Khosrow-Pour (Information Resources Management Association, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-822-2.ch119

Abstract

This paper describes the use of the web as a complementary addition to conventional lectures in the learning of the basics of informatics. We utilize a slideshow with links, search engines on the web, and the Web CT environment. The solution enables a web-based seminar supporting learning in various ways. First, in our approach the students compose a coursework report focusing on the main concepts of the subject area. This occurs by using the slideshow with links and search engines on the web. Second, in the web-based seminar students can familiarize themselves with the coursework reports of other students. We claim that in this way learning can be promoted in the spirit of both cognitive and social constructivism. At the beginning and end of the course we analyzed how useful and interesting the students regarded six course themes. In addition, the students were expected to analyze their own development of computer use skills, Internet use skills, and their knowledge of basic concepts in informatics. The study found that optional WWW-based seminar affects both external and internal motivation equally. The effect on the knowledge of basic concepts in informatics was beneficial.

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