AWLA: A Writing e-Learning Appliance

AWLA: A Writing e-Learning Appliance

Manuel O. Cantero (Universidad de Castilla La Mancha, Spain) and Pedro P. Sanchez-Villalon (Paseo de la Universidad, Spain)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-729-4.ch013


As e-learning gets more widespread, its definition is becoming more distinctive, implying the use of the Web for learning. The Web’s original functionality was to provide access to materials located in servers. This has been the core strategy for e-learning. However, the Web is becoming more versatile. The new interactive Web functionalities are organized in services offered to users. The content-based Learning Management Systems are evolving into more interactive systems providing agent-like learning services rather than only learning content. By designing an interactive environment with a learning objective, we can develop an effective e-learning appliance: the application of strategic Web functionalities on a technologically enhanced learning environment. Designed under the constructivist perspective, A Writing e-learning Appliance (AWLA) is an organized set of interactive Web-based utilities that, when applied in a technologically enhanced learning environment, allow learners to develop their writing skill in language learning and fulfil writing activities in any other discipline, both individually and in collaboration.

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