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What is Cloud Learning Environment (CLE)

Handbook of Research on Cloud-Based STEM Education for Improved Learning Outcomes
A cloud learning environment is a learning facility enabled by learning services on the cloud. The users of cloud learning services are academics or learners, who share the same privileges, including control, choice, and sharing of content on these services.
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Inquiry-Based Learning on the Cloud
Alexander Mikroyannidis (The Open University, UK), Alexandra Okada (The Open University, UK), Andre Correa (Universidade Estadual Paulista, Brazil), and Peter Scott (The Open University, UK)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-9924-3.ch019
Cloud Learning Environments (CLEs) have recently emerged as a novel approach to learning, putting learners in the spotlight and providing them with the cloud-based tools for building their own learning environments according to their specific learning needs and aspirations. Although CLEs bring significant benefits to educators and learners, there is still little evidence of CLEs being actively and effectively used in the teaching and learning process. This chapter addresses this issue by introducing a European initiative called weSPOT (Working Environment with Social, Personal and Open Technologies for Inquiry-based Learning) for supporting and enhancing inquiry-based learning in STEM education via a cloud-based inquiry toolkit. The chapter presents evidence of using this toolkit within a case study that investigates how a secondary education community of students / co-learners selects information sources on the web and identifies factors associated with the reliability of information sources during their collaborative inquiry (co-inquiry) project in online environments.
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