Learning Environments and Networks
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Course title in Estonian
Õpikeskkonnad ja -võrgustikud
Course title in English
Learning Environments and Networks
ECTS credits
approximate amount of contact lessons
Teaching semester
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lecturer of 2019/2020  Spring semester
õppejõud on määramata
lecturer of 2020/2021  Autumn semester
lecturer not assigned
Course aims
The purpose of the course is to aqcuaint students with possibilities to analyse, create, implement and manage different learning environments and networks and to provide opportunities to acquire theoretical and practical knowledge and skills for effectively creating and managing environments and networks for learning.
Brief description of the course
A history of educational technology. The role of learning environments and networks in a learning process. Learning management systems. Personal learning environments. Using social media applications for learning environments and networks. 1:1 computing and mobile-based learning environments. Technologies and standards related to learning environments. Pedagogical foundations for learning environments and networks. Roles in different environments. Trends and future directions of learning environments and networks. Open education.
Independent work
Independent work consists of:
- five individual assignments submitted as blog posts;
- group assignment on designing a learning environment;
- reading and experimenting;
- setting up a personal learning environment, composing a personal learning contract and reflecting on one's personal learning.
Learning outcomes in the course
Upon completion of the course, the learner:
- understands the role of learning environments and networks in a learning process;
- is able to effectively organise, design and support one’s one and others learning environments;
- understands learning management systems and knows how to use them as learning environments;
- knows how to analyse affordances of different social media from the potential learning environments point of view;
- understand the role of a teacher and learner in different learning environments and networks;
- understands one’s role in developing and using personal and group’s learning environment;
- has knowledge about future trends and development directions of learning environments and networks.
Assessment methods
Pass/fail assessment based on:
- Individual analytical and reflective weblog posts about the course topics;
- design of a learning environment in groups.
Hans Põldoja
Study literature
Väljataga, T., & Põldoja, H. (2018). Õpikeskkonnad ja -võrgustikud. https://opikeskkonnad.wordpress.com
Additional information
Arvestusele pääsemise tingimused: kõik tööd peavad olema esitatud hiljemalt 3 päeva enne arvestust.
Replacement literature
Nicholson, P. (2007). A History of E-Learning. B. Fernández-Manjón, J. M. Sánchez-Pérez, J. A. Gómez-Pulido, M. A. Vega-Rodríguez, & J. Bravo- Rodríguez, Computers and Education (lk 1–11). Dordrecht: Springer. http://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-4914-9_1

Anderson, T., & Dron, J. (2011). Three Generations of Distance Education Pedagogy. The International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, 12(3), 80–97.

Väljataga, T., Pata, K., & Priidik, E. (2009). Õpikeskkonna kujundamine haridustehnoloogiliste vahenditega. K. Pata, & M. Laanpere (toim), Tiigriõpe: Haridustehnoloogia käsiraamat (lk 11–30). Tallinn: TLÜ informaatika instituut.

Dillenbourg, P., Schneider, D., & Paraskevi, S. (2002). Virtual Learning Environments. A. Dimitracopoulou (toim), Proceedings of the 3rd Hellenic Conference on Information & Communication Technologies in Education (lk 3–18). Rhodes: Kastaniotis Editions.

Anderson, T. (2008). Towards a Theory of Online Learning. T. Anderson (toim), The Theory and Practice of Online Learning (lk 45–74). Edmonton: AU Press.

Watson, W. R., & Watson, S. L. (2007). An Argument for Clarity: What are Learning Management Systems, What are They Not, and What Should They Become? TechTrends, 51(2), 28–34. http://doi.org/10.1007/s11528-007-0023-y

Coates, H., James, R., & Baldwin, G. (2005). A Critical Examination Of The Effects Of Learning Management Systems On University Teaching And Learning. Tertiary Education and Management, 11(1), 19–36. http://doi.org/10.1007/s11233-004-3567-9

Downes, S. (2005, oktoober). E-learning 2.0. eLearn Magazine. Loetud aadressil http://elearnmag.acm.org/featured.cfm?aid=1104968

Dalsgaard, C. (2006). Social software: E-learning beyond learning management systems. European Journal of Open, Distance, and E-Learning, 9(2), 1–7.

McLoughlin, C. & Lee, M. J.W. (2007). Social software and participatory learning: Pedagogical choices with technology affordances in the Web 2.0 era. R. J. Atkinson, C. McBeath, S. K. A. Soong, C. & Cheers (toim), ICT: Providing choices for learners and learning. Proceedings ascilite Singapore 2007 (lk 664–675). Singapore: Nanyang Technological University.

Wilson, S., Liber, O., Johnson, M., Beauvoir, P., Sharples, P., & Milligan, C. (2007). Personal Learning Environments: Challenging the dominant design of educational systems. Journal of E-Learning and Knowledge Society, 3(2), 27–38.

Johnson, M., & Liber, O. (2008). The Personal Learning Environment and the human condition: from theory to teaching practice. Interactive Learning Environments, 16(1), 3–15. http://doi.org/10.1080/10494820701772652

Couros, A. (2010). Developing Personal Learning Networks for Open and Social Learning. G. Veletsianos (toim), Emerging Technologies in Distance Education (lk 109–128). Edmonton: AU Press.

Islam, M. S., & Grönlund, Å. (2016). An international literature review of 1:1 computing in schools. Journal of Educational Change, 17(2), 191–222. http://doi.org/10.1007/s10833-016-9271-y

Kearney, M., Schuck, S., Burden, K., & Aubusson, P. (2012). Viewing mobile learning from a pedagogical perspective. Research in Learning Technology, 20, 7–17. http://doi.org/10.3402/rlt.v20i0/14406