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Free- and open-source software for a course on network management: authoring and enactment of scripts based on collaborative learning strategies

Hernández-Leo, Davina; Bote-Lorenzo, Miguel L.; Asensio-Perez, Juan I.; Gómez-Sanchez, Eduardo; Villasclaras Fernandez, Eloy D.; Jorrín-Abellán, Iván M. and Dimitriadis, Yannis A. (2007). Free- and open-source software for a course on network management: authoring and enactment of scripts based on collaborative learning strategies. IEEE Transactions on Education, 50(4) pp. 292–301.

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This paper describes a computer-supported collaborative learning (CSCL) case study in engineering education carried out within the context of a network management course. The case study shows that the use of two computing tools developed by the authors and based on free-and open-source software (FOSS) provide significant educational benefits over traditional engineering pedagogical approaches in terms of both concepts and engineering competencies acquisition. The Collage authoring tool guides and supports the course teacher in the process of authoring computer-interpretable representations (using the IMS learning design standard notation) of effective collaborative pedagogical designs. Besides, the Gridcole system supports the enactment of that design by guiding the students throughout the prescribed sequence of learning activities. The paper introduces the goals and context of the case study, elaborates on how Collage and Gridcole were employed, describes the applied evaluation methodology, and discusses the most significant findings derived from the case study.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2007 IEEE
ISSN: 0018-9359
Keywords: authoring tool; case study; collaboration scripts; computer-supported collaborative learning (CSCL); free- and open-source software (FOSS); IMS Learning Design; learning management system
Academic Unit/School: Learning and Teaching Innovation (LTI) > Institute of Educational Technology (IET)
Learning and Teaching Innovation (LTI)
Research Group: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Item ID: 35995
Depositing User: Eloy Villasclaras Fernandez
Date Deposited: 06 Jun 2013 10:51
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2018 10:12
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