Using Technology to Promote Learning Communities

By Helen Vrailas Bateman.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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This article describes two projects that utilized technology in teaching university-level courses in developmental psychology. Both projects were based on principles of constructivism, active learning, and problem-based learning and utilized video technology to create modules (filmed videos) that students in the course used as learning tools. These learning tools were accompanied with learning resources such as a series of questions (challenges) as well as supplementary resources (suggested bibliography and/or websites). The second project represented a conceptual evolution of the first project by providing students with increased opportunities for constructivist learning and community building. Students rated both projects highly in terms of their ability to increase their interest, knowledge, and engagement in the area of developmental psychology as well as their sense of community with their peers.

Keywords: Learning, Community, Technology, Psychology

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 3, Issue 8, pp.209-218. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 785.684KB).

Dr. Helen Vrailas Bateman

Psychology Department, Sewanee: University of the South, Sewanee, TN, USA

Dr. Helen Vrailas Bateman received her doctorate from the Psychology and Human Development Department of Vanderbilt University. She was the recipient of a two-year McDonnell Foundation Fellowship award. She then worked as a research fellow at the Learning Technology Center, Peabody College, Vanderbilt University. She is presently assistant professor of Psychology at the University of the South. Her research and publications have explored the construct of Psychological Sense of Community, its dimensions, and its importance in human learning. She has developed and validated a scale measuring Psychological Sense of Community in a variety of settings. Her measure and research findings have been used extensively in a variety of educational settings and countries.

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