Constructivism in Synchronous and Asynchronous Virtual Learning Environments for a Research Methods Course
Kenneth Strang, State University of New York, USA, and APPC Research, Australia
IJVPLE Volume 2, Number 3, ISSN 1947-8518 Publisher: IGI Global
Virtual learning is a popular teaching modality, and it has been reported in research that there is no significant difference in academic outcome as compared with face-to-face courses. Not all researchers agree with this assertion and some claim it is more difficult to teach math-oriented subjects online. Given that educational psychology theories are effective for teaching quantitative topics in the face-to-face modality, this study proposes and tests methods for virtual learning. Constructivism learning theory is applied using knowledge management principles to teach an online masters-level research methods course at an Australian university. Asynchronous and synchronous tools are used in the VLE, and contrasted in a controlled experiment. The hypothesis is student grades will be significantly higher when the constructivist instructional method is applied to the synchronous VLE.
Strang, K. (2011). Constructivism in Synchronous and Asynchronous Virtual Learning Environments for a Research Methods Course. International Journal of Virtual and Personal Learning Environments, 2(3), 50-63. IGI Global.