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INFORMATION-COMMUNICATION SIGNIFICANCE OF DIGITAL TEACHING MATERIALS IN E-EDUCATION

J. Tuta, L. Luić

University North (CROATIA)
Due to powerful technological development, information is more accessible to everyone today and communication is more intensive, but often not more meaningful, both in everyday situations and in the process of learning and teaching. This paper deals with the role of new technologies in that process, its importance in the creation, development and application of DTM (Digital Teaching Materials), as well as the advantages and disadvantages seen through the communication aspects of a wide range of teaching cadets in the field of military training. In addition to the previously presented problem, research questions were asked: How do modern technologies affect the process of teaching cadets? Did they distance the cadets from its essence or did they bring it closer to the process of acquiring knowledge and skills? What role do digital teaching materials play in this process? How important is it for the e-learning process and the quality of learning outcomes? The research in which 498 cadets of military schools in the Republic of Croatia participated was conducted using a survey questionnaire. The analysis of the results indicates a high perceptual role of digital teaching materials, which is evident from the attitudes of cadets, and which significantly correlates with their satisfaction related to the associated communication aspect of e-learning. Furthermore, the discussion of the results is aimed at explaining the significance and description of DTM information constructs by classifying which enables to determine the intensity of significance and legality between information objects of learning outcomes, thus making a contribution to the field of information and communication sciences, however, the paper also emphasizes initiatives for interdisciplinary research whereas in the focus are new technologies in teaching and learning.