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User-Friendly E-Learning Environment for Educational Action Research

By Jānis Kapenieks

Abstract

The study aims to bridge the newest information and communication technologies and action research which has come to be known as a modern inquiry driven learning method and also a learning strategy. To this end, the paper presents a research into the effectiveness of action research as an e-learning method, notably, identifies the basic principles of the e-learning environment, explores the importance of constructive supportive dialogue and discusses the creation of a model of interface for educational action research (EAR) in an e-learning environment. The paper analyses an experience from a Business course implemented in an e-learning environment at Riga Technical University over a two-year period. Statistical analysis of the characteristics of students’ activities and self-appraisal has been performed. The basic principles and the prototype of an interface developed in the course of the study take into consideration pedagogical theory and the previous experience of designing e-learning environments. Thus, the study: (1) discusses the advantages and disadvantages of EAR in an e-learning environment in the context of sustainable education and (2) evaluates the adequacy of the developed interface model to the user’s cognitive needs. The proposed methodology suggests new possibilities for creative cooperation in an e-learning environment for sustainable ubiquitous education. Partially article was presented in the 10th International JTEFS/BBCC Conference
"Sustainable Development. Culture. Education" University of Eastern Finland, Savonlinna, Finland

Topics: action research, e-learning, learning environment, ICT, user’s interface
Publisher: Vidzemes Augstskola
OAI identifier: oai:ortus.rtu.lv:14475
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