A case of web-based collaborative inquiry learning using OpenLearn technologies

Tractenberg, Leonel; Struchiner, Miriam and Okada, Alexandra (2009). A case of web-based collaborative inquiry learning using OpenLearn technologies. In: m-ICTE2009 V International Conference on Multimedia and Information and Communication Technologies in Education, 22-24 Apr 2009, Lisbon, Portugal.

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We describe and discuss the implementation of “WOPP in Cyberculture”, an elective discipline of the Erasmus Mundus’ European Master Program on Work, Organization and Personnel Psychology (WOPP), offered by the Faculty of Psychology, University of Coimbra, in 2008. We adopted a web-based collaborative inquiry-learning model supported by UK Open University’s OpenLearn technologies: a community-led virtual learning environment based on Moodle called LabSpace, and a knowledge mapping software called Compendium. Rubrics were used to assess students’ maps and presentations. To assess students’ satisfaction and opinion, at the end of the course we applied an evaluation questionnaire. Results indicate that the implementation of the web-based inquiry-learning model we have proposed was relatively successful and adequate to the learning setting. Rubrics’ scores point to an overall improvement of students’ maps and presentations. Reports on students’ satisfaction with different aspects of the course were positive. Nevertheless, further investigation on the validity and reliability of the rubrics is required.

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