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Encouraging reflection on pedagogical practices through the use of MOODLE.

, Queen's University Belfast, United Kingdom

EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Vancouver, Canada ISBN 978-1-880094-62-4 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC


Information technologies are permeating all areas of education and becoming increasingly more accessible to a wider student population. This paper considers a one year pilot study involving 10 student teachers who created an online course and evaluated its use during their school placement. The use of the Open Source software MOODLE is discussed as an alternative teaching tool and how it can be used as a mechanism for encouraging reflection and evaluation of wider pedagogical issues by offering a focal point for student teachers to apply their knowledge of how children learn in a real context. The ease with which these trainee teachers can adapt and adopt these new technologies in the classroom environment is also evaluated.


Cowan, P. (2007). Encouraging reflection on pedagogical practices through the use of MOODLE. In C. Montgomerie & J. Seale (Eds.), Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2007--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (pp. 29-36). Vancouver, Canada: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved February 21, 2019 from .


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