RTC402 E-learning Technology and Methodology

Code RTC402
Name E-learning Technology and Methodology
Status Compulsory/Courses of Limited Choice
Level and type Post-graduate Studies, Academic
Field of study Computer Science
Academic staff Jānis Kapenieks, Merija Jirgensons, Aleksandrs Gorbunovs, Ieva Vītoliņa, Viktors Zagorskis, Kristaps Kapenieks, Iveta Daugule
Credit points 5.0 (7.5 ECTS)
Parts 1
Annotation The course is transdisciplinary and draws upon a number of disciplines to develop a holistic perspective of the learning /teaching process. It includes the disciplines of physics, environmental sciences, biology, and the communication arts. In the course, students will acquire basic knowledge and skills in this transdisciplinary framework. Practical “hands-on” teaching is an important component and students will be taught the skills for modelling practical designs. At the same time, students acquire a theoretical understanding of digital modelling based on natural science processes and interconnectedness as expressed by graphics, diagrams, multimedia models and video demonstrations. It will develop students’ comprehension of e-pedagogy competencies, both practical and theoretical, and improve students’ research efficiency for the purpose of assessing and systematizing effective pedagogical models and tools and be able to apply them in more effective teaching..
Moreover, students will learn about co-operative organizations and social networks as pertains to e-learning and blended learning. In the course, students will learn about cooperative tools available in the e-learning environment as well as using social networks and processes to enhance e-learning. Students will acquire the practical tools to use these resources. The building of these skills is intended to strengthen student motivation..
A significant part of the course will include teaching students the necessary strategies and skills for writing scientific research texts in English for publication in internationally recognized academic journals. In the course, will be discussed strategies for identifying relevant topics that match students’ interests and are of current research interest in their discipline. The topics will include “getting started strategies”, brainstorming, reasons to publish, and identifying strategies and sources for successful publishing. During the course, students will develop a six to eight-page article that they intend to publish. The article will be presented and discussed in class and students will engage in relevant feed-back for improvement with their colleagues..
Goals and objectives
of the course in terms
of competences and skills
Ability to use models of natural processes in modern e-learning environments according to the latest e-learning requirements. Ability to handle a variety of digital modelling and visualization tools. Ability to collaborate on e-learning and mixed-type learning environments. Ability to plan and manage knowledge flows. Ability to describe the research methods chosen and to justify data acquisition and analysis. Ability to formulate research questions, to formulate hypotheses, to develop research strategy by applying appropriate research methods and to use information resources. The competence to prepare an appropriate literature review for a study, to create a publication plan or a thought.
Learning outcomes
and assessment
Showing of comprehension on types of models, helping to understand natural science processes and relationships. Acquired knowledge on efficiency factors of educational graphical and multimedia models. - Participation in the discussions. Student must take part in no less than 60% of the compulsory discussions. 8 tests in e-learning environment. Student must get no less than 60% in each test, and no less than 80 % as a whole.
Demonstrate skills of designing, improving and assessing of multimedia models for better understanding of nature science processes. - Designed and presented multimedia model. Student must get no less than 6 evaluation points of 10. Each student must assess no less than 2 curse mates’ works in accordance with evaluation criteria.
Skill to develop student collaboration and motivation, knowledge about the tools to be used. Understanding knowledge flows, their management and characteristics. - A well-grounded knowledge flow model for the e-learning environment is developed, which involves student collaboration, motivation development. The tools and techniques used in the model are appropriate to the characteristics of the particular knowledge.
Skill to write research questions, define hypothesis, to write scientific article. Completed article. - Instructor’s evaluation.
Course prerequisites Skills in working with computers, multimedia and the Internet.

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