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Effects of Competitive E-Learning Tools on Higher Education Students: A Case Study

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Regueras, L.M. ; Sch. of Telecommun. Eng., Univ. of Valladolid, Valladolid ; Verdú, E. ; Munoz, M.F. ; Perez, M.A.
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Over the last few years, most of the attempts to introduce active learning methodologies in the classroom have made use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT). Many of these efforts have been directed to collaborative scenarios used in remote, blended or face-to-face experiences, in order to take advantage of the flexibility provided by ICT. However competitive learning could also have some positive effects on the success of the learning process, to be added to those of collaborative virtual environments. This paper explores the effects of competitive learning on the satisfaction and the academic achievement of telecommunications students. A tool for active and competitive learning (called QUEST) has been used in the ldquoCommunications Networksrdquo undergraduate course. Significant results on the use of competitive e-learning tools in university students' outcomes and satisfaction are presented.

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Education, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:52 ,  Issue: 2 )

Date of Publication:

May 2009

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