Tag Archives: ICT

Collaborative learning and 3D virtual worlds: two experiences in a new didactic perspective

Nowadays teachers and trainers pay attention to the research and the experimentation of innovative pedagogical tools and approaches, such as simulation and 3D virtual world in order to improve the learning capacity of their students. Sometimes they invest time and financial resources to manage their updating courses, especially about how new technological potentialities can be exploited and integrated into their mainstream teaching methods. Also the use of different learning environments apart from the traditional class can stimulate the learning processes creating more educational opportunities and favoring the development of other approaches, such as collaborative learning.

This type of learning approach is represented by a situation where two or more individuals learn or try to learn something together aimed to the building of a common knowledge. Unlike the individual learning, people engage themselves in a collaborative learning process in order to capitalize on each other’s resources and competences. More specifically, the collaborative learning model is based on knowledge that can be constructed within a community in which members interact actively through sharing experiences and assuming asymmetric roles. In other terms, the collaborative learning refers to methodologies and specific environments where the students engage in a common task in which each individual depends on each other and is responsible for the others.

This article intends to describe two different practical experiences derived from TALETE and AVATAR projects on the use of 3D virtual worlds as learning environments to facilitate the collaborative learning among students.

Received: 6 May 2015
Revised: 15 May 2015

View full article in PDF

ICT in education: facing a paradigm shift

Major changes are characteristic to educational systems of different countries. Two issues are often noted with reference to them: ICT implementation and the change of educational paradigm, i.e. when the paradigm of teaching shifts into the paradigm of learning or the paradigm of teaching evolves into the paradigm of interaction which, in its turn, changes into the paradigm of learning. Researchers have noted that the depth of ICT implementation in education is related to the educational paradigm change. How and in which areas this interrelation is manifested in practice? What role in this change is played by ICT?

The above questions will be discussed in this presentation. Its aim is to analyse the potential of ICT in education in relation to the changing educational paradigm.

Received: 4th June 2008

Revised: 1st September 2008

View full Article in PDF