CREATING A CONSTRUCTIVIST ON-LINE LEARNING ENVIRONMENT
The cornerstones of constructivism are student participation and the social interaction of learners. How, then, can a constructivist teacher create opportunities for students to interact with one another in courses taught entirely via the World Wide Web? The instructor of the on-line courses listed below found that the key to building this constructivist on-line classroom was to structure the assessment of the course in such a way that student participation and interactions were required. Within this poster session, this constructivist instructor demonstrates the use of Net Forum discussion pages within several on-line courses. These Net Forum pages were utilized by students to post critical reviews of professional literature, present topics and hold discussions during on-line conferences, and to create solutions to problems of authentic practice within the health care profession. The pages enabled students to exchange information, brainstorm ideas, and contribute to othersâ learning. At the same time, the forum pages helped build collegiality among the course participants.
LEARNING OBJECTIVES FOR THE ASSIGNMENTS
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