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Patterns of use of Virtual Learning Environments and Students’ Approaches to Learning: a Case Study of Undergraduate Students
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, , Middlesex University, United Kingdom

EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Vienna, Austria ISBN 978-1-880094-65-5 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC

Abstract

Institution-wide use of VLEs (Virtual Learning Environments) in universities promised more flexible learning, although concerns have also been raised about the quality of their pedagogical effects. This study aims to explore the relation between approaches to learning and patterns of use of a VLE in an undergraduate Computing Science module. Key points from the ‘students’ approaches to learning a’ stream of research are summarised, with an emphasis on the existence of three distinct approaches to learning: the ‘deep’, the ‘strategic’ and the ‘surface’ approach. The results suggest that a strategic approach to learning appears to some extent to be consistent with more extensive use of the system. Directions for further research are provided with a focus on the approaches teachers adopt to achieve desirable learning outcomes.

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Mimirinis, M. & Dafoulas, G. (2008). Patterns of use of Virtual Learning Environments and Students’ Approaches to Learning: a Case Study of Undergraduate Students. In J. Luca & E. Weippl (Eds.), Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2008--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (pp. 6349-6356). Vienna, Austria: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved April 20, 2019 from .

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