MUVEing Toward the Future: Vygotsky in the Virtual Classroom
Hope Hartman, City University of New York, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Atlanta, GA, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-52-5 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
Abstract. Educational psychology needs to MUVE into the future by providing online opportunities for pre-service and in-service teachers to learn a wide scope of theories of learning, development, and instruction deeply enough for teachers to apply this knowledge to their teaching. Current college courses are inadequate for developing in teachers the breadth and depth of knowledge needed about these psychological theories to be maximally effective. Multimedia learning research shows learning improves when learners process both verbal and visual information. This MUVE, Educational Psychology's Online Home, begins with Vygotsky Village, which integrates text-based resources like those used in the MUVE TappedIn with a graphic interface, like that used in Dede's MUVE, River City. Pre and In-Service teachers can learn about Vygotsky, see actual classroom lessons reflecting his concepts and consult with colleagues/experts as they learn to apply Vygotsky's theory to their own classes.
Hartman, H. (2004). MUVEing Toward the Future: Vygotsky in the Virtual Classroom. In R. Ferdig, C. Crawford, R. Carlsen, N. Davis, J. Price, R. Weber & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2004--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 1723-1728). Atlanta, GA, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).