PHYSICAL EDUCATION UNDERGRADUATE COURSE IN DISTANCE MODE OFFERED BY THE BRAZILIAN OPEN UNIVERSITY SYSTEM: EVALUATION OF THE MEDIATED COMMUNICATION IN THE VIRTUAL LEARNING ENVIRONMENT FORUMS
University of Brasilia (BRAZIL)
About this paper:
Conference name: 5th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies
Dates: 1-3 July, 2013
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Abstract:Teacher education in Physical Education in Brazil in distance mode began in 2007 with the establishment of the Open University of Brazil in order to institutionalize a
public policy in distance learning. This research examines mediation in the Moodle Virtual Learning Environment through the forum messages posted by academic advisors and students at the Physical Education undergraduate course in distance mode at Goias Federal University. In particular it was examined the pedagogical methodology of mediation used by teachers, especially in the disciplines of the initial training courses in Physical Education, as well as how the students dialogue and appropriate mediated knowledge, and finally address comparatively the development of these disciplines in the classroom and in distance learning.
A bibliographical research was conducted addressing the integration of educational technologies and the influence of behavioral theory. This research is featured as a
descriptive and exploratory study that uses as empirical data the course's Political-Pedagogical Project and the forums of the following disciplines: Track and Field,
Volleyball, Dance, Sport's Theory, Physical Education and Health. A protocol was developed to analyze indicators of computer mediated communication in the application of content analysis,which allowed the grouping of the messages in context units both for the messages from the academic advisors as well as from the messages posted by the students.
Preliminary results indicate that in some disciplines (Example: Anatomy) forums are not used and has little contribution in other disciplines. Interaction and collaborative learning are more related to the tutor's level of intervention. In this sense it is important to focus on appropriate pedagogical mediation that stimulates dialogue, debates and thus strengthening interaction/interactivity and therefore collaborative learning.
This research indicates that both classroom and distance education are important for the learning process, for the fact that each one contributes in a collaborative way to it, being that the first one is essential for issues "on the ground", such as movement technics, feedbacks and motivation, and the second one can be really helpful to broaden and deepen the discussion on theory, allow media to contribute to illustrate the learning topics etc. Therefore, it is understood that more research is needed to explore the potentials of the combinations of these two modes, in special in Physical Education undergraduate courses.
Keywords: Distance Education, Virtual Learning Environment, Physical Education.