Title: On the design and evaluation of an open learning environment

Authors: Seppo Pohjolainen, Martti Ala-Rantala, Ossi Nykanen, Heli Ruokamo

Addresses: Tampere University of Technology, Digital Media Institute / Department of Mathematics, Hypermedia Laboratory, P.O. Box 692, FIN-33101 Tampere, Finland. ' Tampere University of Technology, Digital Media Institute / Department of Mathematics, Hypermedia Laboratory, P.O. Box 692, FIN-33101 Tampere, Finland. ' Tampere University of Technology, Digital Media Institute / Department of Mathematics, Hypermedia Laboratory, P.O. Box 692, FIN-33101 Tampere, Finland. ' Tampere University of Technology, Digital Media Institute / Department of Mathematics, Hypermedia Laboratory, P.O. Box 692, FIN-33101 Tampere, Finland

Abstract: The purpose of the paper is to discuss and clarify the design and evaluation principles of open learning environments. By an open learning environment we mean a virtual environment that can be used over computer networks, especially over the Internet, to support self-paced and collaborative learning. To make the environment useful, the design should be based on modern learning theories. These emphasise the learner|s active role, collaboration and reflection in the construction of new knowledge. The main metaphors for learning environment consist of a state model of a classroom that can be reached from the students| or teachers| study. The system architecture consists of data management facilities including data acquisition, tools for communication and collaboration, course-dependent cognitive tools, and authoring tools for producing hypermedia courseware.

Keywords: open learning environments; virtual environments; distance learning; hypermedia; computer-based learning; CBL; courseware authoring; courseware navigation; distributed Java systems; distributed objects; WWW; world wide web; internet; modem learning theories.

DOI: 10.1504/IJCEELL.1999.030153

International Journal of Continuing Engineering Education and Life-Long Learning, 1999 Vol.9 No.3/4, pp.249 - 261

Published online: 11 Dec 2009 *

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