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Virtual scaffolding – constructivism in online learning

Virtual scaffolding – constructivism in online learning

MacKinnon, Lachlan and Bacon, Liz (2016) Virtual scaffolding – constructivism in online learning. In: Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on e-Learning (EL 2016). IADIS (International Association for Development of the Information Society), pp. 231-235. ISBN 978-989-8533-51-7

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This reflection paper considers the recent growth of online courses, in particular MOOCs, against the backdrop of growing demand for higher education, the failings of our existing higher education models, and the continued but unsuccessful attempts of new technologies to revolutionise education. The authors argue that focusing on technology alone will always be unsuccessful, as it fails to recognise that learning is a social experience, which technology can aid but not replace. They argue that online education must take on board and address the issues of social constructivism in order to be effective. They use their own experience of developing online courses, combined with a consideration of the existing research in the area, to propose a future model for online provision. They conclude by identifying the future research needed to realise this model, and highlighting research on the potential future evolution of higher education.

Item Type: Conference Proceedings
Title of Proceedings: Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on e-Learning (EL 2016)
Additional Information: Conference held at Madeira, Portugal, from 1st-4th July 2016
Uncontrolled Keywords: Online Learning, Social Constructivism, Future Models for Higher Education, Cooperative Learning in STEM
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences > eCentre
Greenwich Research into Innovative Pedagogies (GRIP)
Faculty of Engineering & Science > School of Computing & Mathematical Sciences (CMS)
Faculty of Engineering & Science
Last Modified: 04 Mar 2022 13:07

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