NAUK.si: Using Learning Blocks to Prepare E-Content for Teaching Mathematics

NAUK.si: Using Learning Blocks to Prepare E-Content for Teaching Mathematics

M. Lokar (University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Slovenia), P. Lukšic (University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Slovenia) and B. Horvat (University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Slovenia)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60960-875-0.ch015

Abstract

The lack of tools that are easy to use, but at the same time provide the functionality required for a quality education, and technical knowledge that is necessary for the implementation of electronic-based education, are currently the main two obstacles that hinder wider use of e-learning in schools as well as elsewhere. The NAUK group (http://www.nauk.si) is aiming to solve that problem by developing a new paradigm of learning blocks accompanied by tools for easy creation of content and its adaptation to the teachers’ needs. When dealing with e-learning content it is our goal to allow teachers to be in control of the content, thereby putting them “back into the game.”
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Introduction

The world we live in is currently undergoing substantial changes. Namely, we are witnessing the process of transition from the Industrial Age to the Information Age. In the last 100 years our lives have virtually been turned upside down. For example, a surgeon from the second half of the 19th century would be completely lost if he were to walk into a modern operating room. Not just because of all the new equipment; the change in the procedures performed is even greater.

What if a teacher travelled through time? Would he or she see any substantial changes in the educational process? The world is changing rapidly, but the educational system is not keeping pace. The currently prevailing educational model is still the same as the one established in the 19th century, developed to meet the needs of industrial economy. At the time, there were a certain number of children in the classroom, who were all taught in the same way, using the same approach and the same teaching materials (http://www.wearethepeoplemovie.com, Banathy, 1991). However, just as everything else, education needs to be customized.

There has been extensive research done regarding the appropriate role of technology in the educational process; therefore, we will not even attempt to cite the numerous sources. However, the findings can be neatly summarized in two sentences; both are quotations from the Teaching Matters booklet: A handbook for UTS academic staff from Institute for Interactive Media and Learning, University of Technology, Sydney (IML, 2009). The first one states that “New technologies should be used in the most appropriate way to provide a quality learning experience for students. “, whereas the second one determines that “The most effective kind of learning experience is determined not by the technology available, but by considering what is most appropriate for the students, the subject and the learning objectives and then selecting the most appropriate technology to use.”

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