Using Technology to Promote Learning Communities

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The present study evaluated a three-year project aimed at increasing students' active involvement in learning, as well as the effectiveness of the use of video technology as a medium for facilitating the learning process and the ability of students to contribute to broader learning communities through their video creations. University students in a Child Development course created videos of classic experiments, challenge questions, and resources in a variety of areas such as: Object permanence, categorization, sense of self, conservation, problem solving, memory, play and gender roles. These films were then archived in a video resource library designed to help other students learn. Students rated participation in this project to be highly beneficial to their engagement, interest, competence, and sense of community.

Keywords: Learning, Community, Technology, Psychology
Stream: Psychology, Cognitive Science and Behavioural Sciences
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
Paper: , , Using Technology to Promote Learning Communities

Dr. Helen Vrailas Bateman

Psychology Department, Sewanee: University of the South
Sewanee, TN, USA

Dr. Helen Vrailas Bateman received her doctorate from the Psychology and Human Development Department of Vanderbilt University. She was the recipient of a two-year McDonnell Foundation Fellowship award. She then worked as a research fellow at the Learning Technology Center, Peabody College, Vanderbilt University. She is presently assistant professor of Psychology at the University of the South. Her research and publications have explored the construct of Psychological Sense of Community, its dimensions, and its importance in human learning. She has developed and validated a scale measuring Psychological Sense of Community in a variety of settings. Her measure and research findings have been used extensively in a variety of educational settings and countries.

Ref: I08P0547