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Learning through Inquiry in Higher Education: Current Research and Future Challenges (INHERE 2018)

08.03. - 09.03.2018, München

Student-Centered Learning Environment for Self-Regulated Project-Based Learning in Higher Education: A Qualification/Selection Study

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Learning through Inquiry in Higher Education: Current Research and Future Challenges (INHERE 2018). München, 08.-09.03.2018. Düsseldorf: German Medical Science GMS Publishing House; 2018. Doc33

doi: 10.3205/18inhere33, urn:nbn:de:0183-18inhere337

Published: March 1, 2018

© 2018 Zarouk et al.
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Self-Regulated (SRL) and Project-Based (PBL) among others are innovative pedagogical approaches fostering a multitude of critical strategies for success in the twenty-first century. Students drive their own learning through inquiry, as well as work collaboratively to research and create projects that reflect their knowledge [1]. Moreover, Student-Centered Learning Environments (SCLE) could hold potential to serve as fun and inspiring workshop settings, where students can engage in exciting Project-Based activities that integrate required curriculum material, while also simulating some aspects of real world “epistemic” contexts, challenging students to gain a richer understanding of learning material and processes in a more situated, relatable way [2].

Nevertheless, the implementation of SCLE still a baffling problem for the online pedagogical designers despite the large landscape of sophisticated educational tools and strategies offered by the most of the Learning Management Systems (LMS).

Accordingly, this paper presents an ongoing work of the Implementation of a proposed Integrated Framework for Self-Regulated Project-Based Learning (SRPBL) suitable for SCLE in Higher Education. For this purpose, we propose a Qualification/Selection Study of the usage of LMS as SCLE; by trying to respond to the Research Question:

How to Qualify and Select a LMS as a SCLE for SRPBL in Higher Education?

Therefore, the study is inspired from the “QSOS” Method [3]. The general process can be applied with different granularities. This makes it possible to adapt to the level of detail desired in the Qualification and Selection process as well as to proceed by iterative loops for each of the four steps. Briefly, the QS Method takes place in following four stages:

  • Define LMS Generic/Specific Criteria;
  • Evaluate LMS Criteria (Rating);
  • Qualify LMS Criteria (Weighting);
  • Compare and Select a LMS (Flexible Selection).

Finally, we adopted a Flexible Selection: It allows selecting the convenient LMS according to the Pedagogical, Environmental and Institutional considerations.


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