Moodle

  • Online Instruction in Spanish Higher Education. A Study Conducted at the Faculty of Education of the University of Córdoba (Spain)

    Author: Verónica Marín-Díaz
    Institution: University of Cordoba
    Year of publication: 2014
    Source: Show
    Pages: 77-87
    DOI Address: https://doi.org/10.15804/tner.14.35.1.06
    PDF: tner/201401/tner3506.pdf

    The arrival of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) has brought about intense methodological restructuring in the participating countries. These changes, along with the development of ICT, are reshaping the Higher Education system. The emergence of advanced technological tools like the Moodle platform has altered the teaching-learning process at every educational cycle. This paper springs from the work undertaken as part of the ongoing project for Educational Excellence in collaboration with three Andalusia universities: Seville, Cadiz and Huelva. The study was entitled Tele-education Platforms for Virtual Instruction. Since work at the University of Huelva has taken into consideration the students at some point, and the University of Córdoba lacks research on this area, we decided to examine the role of the student at the University of Cordoba as side-work to the original project. To this purpose, we designed an instrument to determine the students’ rate of use, level of satisfaction and level of knowledge of the Moodle platform. Thus, with this paper we would like to emphasize the relevance of students as key elements in the education system, as recipients of the teaching process.

  • Piloting of Blended Learning: Implementation and Benefits

    Author: Biljana Vitošević
    Institution: University of Kosovska Mitrovica
    Author: Anita Janković
    Institution: University of Kosovska Mitrovica
    Author: Zdravko Vitošević
    Institution: University of Kosovska Mitrovica
    Year of publication: 2014
    Source: Show
    Pages: 104-117
    DOI Address: https://doi.org/10.15804/tner.14.36.2.08
    PDF: tner/201402/tner3608.pdf

    This paper is based on piloting of blended learning as a transformative learning process in order to keep pace with technological innovation. Our redesign of the course was the intention of the use of blended learning as a tool for high-quality, meaningful and longer lasting knowledge, improvements in learning outcomes and greater engagement of students in learning. We chose Moodle platform as a highly sophisticated learning management system with many modules and its possibilities of application in the learning context to develop the online component as a supplement to classroom lessons. After conducting an analysis of the course and a questionnaire, we concluded that students use all the segments of the online component and they become more engaged, their assignments end on time and at the end they would express their satisfaction with the course redesign. Using the T-test for large independent samples there is statistically significantly better performance in the final test (p<0.01) for students who have used Moodle compared to students from the previous generation attending traditional classes, while in the theoretical part of the exam there are higher grades instead of middle, but without statistical significance (p>0.05), which leads us to the view that blended learning helps, above all, average students to upgrade and advance their knowledge. Considering that many of our student are athletes, blended learning is a good choice for them as they are professionally engaged in sports and they can follow the course and complete their assignments in addition to sports commitments. This piloting will serve as a parameter for future use of blended learning to be more adapted to the needs and objectives of students and eliminate any disadvantages.

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