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The evaluation of e-learning system for pupils in the primary education


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Tomaš, Suzana. (2015). The evaluation of e-learning system for pupils in the primary education. PhD Thesis. Filozofski fakultet u Zagrebu, Department of Pedagogy.
(Poslijediplomski doktorski studij pedagogije) [mentor Marinković, Renata].

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Background: This thesis puts an emphasis on some significant effects of information and communication technology on society, culture and education at all levels. Reality implies an ever-increasing need for the application of computers in education, i.e. in classes, teaching, and assessing students' knowledge. Consequently, the use of information and communication technology, along with the application of pedagogical principles, has enabled the development of an educational paradigm - e-learning. E-learning is implemented in e-learning systems. Well designed and reproduced instruction content provides not only online opportunities but also hybrid scenarios of learning, teaching and evaluating students' knowledge. The concept of extended pedagogy, launched by e-learning, transforms the role of the teacher, students, and parents. Educational technology is not just a technical product; however, it is also a tool in the hands of a "good" teacher in the process of learning, teaching and knowledge assessment. This thesis focuses on the evaluation of designed instructional activities for students from the first to the fourth grade of primary education. The existing methods for designing and evaluating educational activities in E-learning are included, and the original model called Evaluation Instructional Design (EvoID) has been proposed. Aim The aim of this research is both setting and prototype testing of Evaluation Instructional Design model (EvoID) in Moodle and xTEx-Sys e-learning systems. EvoID model is based on the principles of interdisciplinary approach with the application of computer technologies and instructional design. This model has identified and tested criteria and sub-criteria for designing and evaluating instructional designs in these e-learning systems for students in primary education. Methods In order to verify the model EvoID in e-learning systems, a pattern of criteria and sub-criteria has been established for the process of instruction designs in Moodle and xTEx-Sys systems. In relation to the specific criteria and sub-criteria, 12 students in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Split, Department of Teacher Education, Module for Applying Information and Communications Technology in Learning and Teaching, created - in 2011 and 2012 - instructional design for Informatics in Moodle and xTEx-Sys systems intended for students from first to fourth grade of primary education. External evaluators, 41 teachers, from the field of information and communication technologies from twelve counties of the Republic of Croatia, in the years 2012 and 2013, evaluated the instructional designs in Informatics by means of questionnaires. The questionnaires included criteria and sub-criteria for the process of evaluating the created educational contents in Moodle and xTEx-Sys systems. Evaluated instructional activities in Moodle and xTEx-Sys systems were implemented with students from the first to the fourth grade. In this respect, 93 students from four elementary schools in Split, during 2012/2013 school year, were participants in an experiment with a particular group. Results: The proposed criteria for the forming of instructional design by model EvoID in Moodle and xTEx-Sys systems depend on environment, delivery, end-users (students of different age) of teaching content. Measuring instruments for evaluating instructional design in the systems Moodle and xTEx-Sys satisfy and confirm metrical characteristics of the questionnaire: validity, reliability, objectivity, sensitivity and efficiency of the instruments. Teaching contents designed, implemented and evaluated using the model EvoID in the systems Moodle and xTEx-Sys improved the process of teaching and learning. The differences between final test and initial test of students in systems Moodle and xTEx-Sys were statistically significant in all grades, and the results of the questionnaire outlined positive opinions of students about learning using the systems Moodle and the xTEx-Sys. Conclusion: The results of the entire research pointed out that the proposed criteria and sub-criteria for the instructional design by model EvoID in the systems Moodle and xTEx Sys depend on delivery environment, the teaching content and end-users. Considering the implementation of teaching content in e-learning and by applying the model EvoID, the results suggest that only "good" educational content can improve the process of learning, teaching and testing the students' knowledge in e-learning systems. It is concluded that model EvoID allows design, delivery, implementation and evaluation of teaching content for the selected domain of knowledge in the targeted e-learning systems.

Item Type: PhD Thesis
Uncontrolled Keywords: Instructional design, instructional design models, E-learning, Moodle, xTEx-Sys, evaluation of e-learning systems, evaluation instructional design, primary education
Subjects: Pedagogy
Departments: Department of Pedagogy
Supervisor: Marinković, Renata
Additional Information: Poslijediplomski doktorski studij pedagogije
Date Deposited: 27 Feb 2017 13:38
Last Modified: 27 Feb 2017 13:38

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