Using Technology to Promote Learning Communities
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
Dr. Helen Vrailas Bateman
Psychology Department, Sewanee: University of the South