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Using virtual learning environments: lecturers' conceptions of teaching and the move to student-centred learning

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1 Author(s)
Moron-Garcia, S. ; Inst. of Educ. Technol., Open Univ., Milton Keynes, UK

This paper reports on doctoral research investigating whether virtual learning environments (VLEs) are being used to facilitate student-centred learning in UK higher education (HE). The focus is on lecturers (HE teachers) teaching in a face-to-face context. It is claimed that the use of Web or Internet-based technology can facilitate the creation of a student-centred learning environment and the adoption of a student-centred method of teaching. It is argued that student-centred learning and learning environments designed with reference to constructivist theories of learning will produce in students the critical and cognitive skills that higher education aims to develop. However, there are barriers that prevent the integration of technology into teaching and elements in the teaching environment that affect whether a student-centred approach to teaching is adopted. The conception of teaching held by the lecturer is one such element.

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Computers in Education, 2002. Proceedings. International Conference on

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3-6 Dec. 2002