Information Technology And Constructivism In Higher Education

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Constructivism and the deployment of information technology into higher education classrooms are each widely discussed in academic literature, but generally without a critical perspective on their interaction from a pedagogical point of view as new technology is continuously unveiled.

Information Technology and Constructivism in Higher Education: Progressive Learning Frameworks explores the theoretical frameworks underlying constructivist thinking and the digital revolution in education as they impact each other. Drawing upon a wide range of international field experts, this book assesses the claims made for the educational effectiveness and constructivist orientation of various technologies and technological systems on the basis of on-the-ground applications and implementations.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781605666549
  • Publisher: IGI Global
  • Publication date: 5/20/2011
  • Pages: 414
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.30 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Ch. I Closing the Circle: From Dewey to Web 2.0 1

Ch. II Beyond Constriction and Control: Constructivism in Online Theory and Practice 14

Ch. III The Theory and Practice of Teaching with Technology in Today's Colleges and Universities 27

Ch. IV A Constructivist Approach to Online Learning: The Community of Inquiry Framework 43

Ch. V Applying Constructivism to Online Learning: A New Instructional Design Map 58

Ch. VI Enhancing Authentic Assessment Through Information Technology 74

Ch. VII Nontraditional Students and Information Technology: The Siren Call of the Virtual Classroom and its Impact on Progressive Educational Ideals 90

Ch. VIII Online Learning Conversations: Potential, Challenges and Facilitation 112

Ch. IX Virtual Constructivism: Avatars in Action 130

Ch. X The Power and Promise of Web 2.0 Tools 146

Ch. XI IT-Enabled Strategies for Mental Modeling in E-Learning 159

Ch. XII Transformative Potential of Constructivist Blended Problem-Based Learning in Higher Education 182

Ch. XIII Critical Survey of Information Technology Use in Higher Education: Blended Classrooms 203

Ch. XIV Structure of a Blended University Course: Applying Constructivist Principles to Blended Teaching 216

Ch. XV Constructivism and Online Collaborative Group Learning in Higher Education: A Case Study 231

Ch. XVI Constructivist Strategies to Optimize Four Levels of Interaction in a Distributed Learning Environment: A Case Study 247

Ch. XVII Facilitating Students-Driven Learning of Computer Programming with Technology 262

Ch. XVIII Designing Asynchronous Discussions to Teach Critical Thinking 276

Ch. XIX "To Be in Occasional Touch": Goddard College's Progressive Principles and Distributed Learning 288

Ch. XX Using Blogs to Foster Inquiry, Collaboration, and Feedback in Pre-Service Teacher Education 303

Ch. XXI The Intersection of Theory, Tools and Tasks in a Postgraduate Learning Environment 319

Compilation of References 334

Index 385

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