The Constructivist Perspective in Distance Learning Environments
Areti Valasidou, Dimitrios Sidiropoulos, Despina Makridou-Bousiou, University of Macedonia, Greece
EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Montreal, Canada ISBN 978-1-880094-56-3 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC
Distance educators need to use different techniques and methodologies than the ones in a traditional classroom, in order to deliver effective distance teaching. Many researchers have suggested that constructivist learning theories can be successfully applied in distance education. Constructivism is based upon active learning and experience, aspects that are essential for distance learning success. This paper examines the learning styles and needs of distance learners and how they can be implemented in a constructivist learning environment. It therefore attempts to identify the benefits and frustrations of distance education. Finally, it attempts to connect distance learning theory with constructivism and presents and evaluates some guidelines for the development of a supportive learning environment for distance learners by using a constructivist approach.
Valasidou, A., Sidiropoulos, D. & Makridou-Bousiou, D. (2005). The Constructivist Perspective in Distance Learning Environments. In P. Kommers & G. Richards (Eds.), Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2005--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (pp. 1932-1935). Montreal, Canada: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
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