USING THE DISCUSSION FORUM IN VIRTUAL PLATFORMS: NEW TOOLS FOR COMMUNICATION
Universidad de Huelva (SPAIN)
About this paper:
Conference name: 4th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies
Dates: 2-4 July, 2012
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Abstract:When the school was born, children had very little news of what was happening in the world, hardly knew of what was happening around them. Today's multimedia culture is intended for mass consumption, and we can find homes inundated with technology. Since the birth of school, almost two hundred years until now, the textbook was the ultimate school supplies. Today, computers have begun to enter the classroom and school and probably never will be as it was before.
We are currently in a historic step in imposing forms and cultural content transmitted via digital media. In the last quarter of the twentieth century with the development of audiovisual and computer technology have created new forms of communication and diffusion of culture.
These technologies form what is called "digital culture" involving new forms of organization and knowledge processing, flexible, and interactive, claiming, gets to new models of teaching and learning materials.
The emergence of new resources and educational spaces right facilitates advancement in education. The virtual platforms have tools for it.
This study tries to analyze the forum through the virtual platform moodle. The objective is focused on analysis of the forum as a communication tool between teaching staff and students, and students and students. It tries to know the level of acceptance, motivation, habits and frequency. To do this, the teachers set in motion thematic forums to work with contents of this subject, Educational Psychology. The sample consists of students from the Faculty of Education at the University of Huelva. This study is developed in the 2nd semester of the academic year 2011-2012.
Keywords: Forum, virtual platform, communication tool, education.