VOL. 04, NO. 4; JULY


Evidence of theory in training design Collaboratory Learning Communities

Danni Thomas, Clem Morris & Willy Parks


In recent years, the concept of learning communities has gained popularity among many academics in the classroom. However, this raises a number of issues about the design of learning environments. For example, the student assumes the responsibility to make sense of the body of knowledge associated with the instructional content being delivered. The instructor supports this process using assignments designed to foster collaboration, facilitation of active discussion, and promote development of critical thinking and research skills.

This study examines the experiences and achievements of 16 first-year graduate students participating in a collaborative learning community while engaged in problem-solving activities. The findings produced a new model titled the Learning Community Model. The findings also indicate that students tend to adopt a theory that fits their own personal view of instruction and learning. Participants reported gaining new knowledge and an appreciation for instructional theory as it pertains to design

Open Up The Perspectives Of Students In The Field Of Teaching Historical Subjects Using Virtual Museums

Rudy Mcintyre


. The study was made to determine whether the attitudes of the open education students, will be changed or not by a virtual museum application. A pre-test / post-test experimental design model of was used in this research.  The experimental group was comprised of 20 students. The pre-test was given to the group before the study and the post-test was administered at the end of the study. T-test analysis of the data was used to determine whether the attitude scores of open education students was changed or not based on their level of computer knowledge. In the qualitative section, students were asked open-ended questions and their answers were given in a frequency table. The data was analyzed in two phases. In the first phase, T-test, arithmetic mean () and standard deviation (Ss) were used to analyse the pre-test and post-test data using the SPSS 11.0 statistical programme. The significance of the data was tested at the 0.05 level of significance. A significant difference in student opinion was found in data gathered to measure attitudes towards the history lesson after the application. The students had a favourable opinion of the virtual museum application in history lessons after observing the various documents and resources.

Keywords: distance education students, virtual museum, history subjects.