On the design and evaluation of an open learning environment
by Seppo Pohjolainen, Martti Ala-Rantala, Ossi Nykanen, Heli Ruokamo
International Journal of Continuing Engineering Education and Life-Long Learning (IJCEELL), Vol. 9, No. 3/4, 1999

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.

Online publication date: Fri, 11-Dec-2009

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