THE USE OF MOODLE AND DIGITAL CLASSES IN HIGHER EDUCATION
Universidade de São Paulo - USP (BRAZIL)
About this paper:
Appears in: ICERI2015 Proceedings
Publication year: 2015
Conference name: 8th International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation
Dates: 18-20 November, 2015
Location: Seville, Spain
Abstract:As technology evolves, teaching methods are improving and getting adapted to different kinds of students and professors. In this context, the traditional class model, in a classroom with a board and students organized in rows, isn’t the only way to acquire knowledge.
The main purpose of this study is to analyze the use of digital classes as an alternative teaching trend and the power of virtual teaching environments like the MOODLE - Modular Object-Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment. MOODLE is a virtual learning environment free-software which supports both learning and teaching.
In this research are analyzed a series of data about the student access to the MOODLE platform in high levelled universities (Universidade de São Paulo - USP, Harvard, Oxford and Yale). In order to compare different uses of the MOODLE in these universities, some criteria were analyzed such as the student engagement in digital classes, their duration and the resources used in its production.
Professors from the Escola Politécnica (Polytechnic School - EP), Instituto de Física (Physics Institute - IF) and Instituto de Matemática e Estatística (Math and Statistics Institute - IME) at USP were also interviewed. Furthermore, statistics of some digital classes of undergraduate courses indexed in the Moodle platform were analyzed.
This study is expected to allow a clearer analysis of the position of the university in an international scope related to the use of the Moodle platform and the production of video classes, considering the large number of undergraduate courses that already use that virtual environment. Therefore, it will be possible to direct in a more objective way the production of educational videos in higher education.
Furthermore, the data acquired and detailed in this article could encourage the exchange between students around the world through the MOODLE platform. For example, a student from USP could use MOODLEs from other universities to learn about a specific subject in an undergraduate course through its digital classes.
Keywords: Distance Learning, Digital Classes, Videos, Higher Education, Education Platforms, Moodle.