The development of deep learning principles using course management software tools

Learning principle: Social
  • Evidenced by: The ability to access people anytime/all the time

  • Supported by: Email


  • Learning principle: Social
  • Evidenced by: Many-to-many discussions, as opposed to instructor-led;
    Opportunities for students to think, reflect on and post their views in an asynchronous environment;
    Encouragement of peer-to-peer responses outside of classroom constraints

  • Supported by: Discussion boards, "virtual chat"


  • Learning principle: Social
  • Evidenced by: Group collaborations; Students working as members of a team

  • Supported by:Group functionality ? areas set aside for group collaborations (closed discussions, drop box and chat rooms)


  • Learning principle: Active
  • Evidenced by: Quick, meaningful feedback on assessment tasks, Immediate responses to misconceptions and errors, Ability to obtain new information

  • Supported by: Interactive assessment modules


  • Learning principle: Contextuality
  • Evidenced by: Integration of new knowledge into pre-existing frameworks

  • Supported by: Multimedia case study activities ? instructor designs a project built around content presented as "interviews" ? case content presented in a personified manner;
    Problem-solving activities ? using graphical representations and interactivity;
    Hyperlinks to appropriate websites


  • Learning principle: Contextuality
  • Evidenced by: Organisation of new knowledge

  • Supported by: Sharing of individual understandings with the instructor/rest of class via the digital drop box;
    Construction of web pages or powerpoint presentations


  • Learning principle: Engaging
  • Evidenced by: Support for diverse learning styles

  • Supported by: Synchronous and asynchronous CMS activities


  • Learning principle: Engaging
  • Evidenced by: Access to large volume of course materials

  • Supported by: Web-accessible lecture notes, multimedia case studies, discussion boards, chat sites, other interactive learning opportunities


  • Learning principle: Engaging
  • Evidenced by: Self-discovery of course material

  • Supported by: Web connections, electronic library resources and other search engines


  • Learning principle: Student-owned
  • Evidenced by: Flexibility, increased time on task, student choice

  • Supported by: Anytime/anywhere learning


  • Learning principle: Student-owned
  • Evidenced by: Increased access to resources

  • Supported by: Hyperlinks, search engines, e-libraries


  • Learning principle: Student-owned
  • Evidenced by: Ability to quickly seek answers

  • Supported by: Online resources


  • (Carmean and Haefner, 2002)



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