Proprietary software tools as learning aids

ID: 19197
Type: Full Paper: Case Study   Topic: Exemplary Projects

Room: 4
Wed, Jun. 27 10:00 AM-10:30 AM

Authors:
Allan Jones, Open University, United Kingdom

Abstract:
Proprietary software tools, though not designed for educational use, have considerable educational potential. This paper describes, as case studies, the use of proprietary graphics and audio editing tools in two distance-taught undergraduate courses. The paper examines the potential advantages and disadvantages of this type of software relative to conventional educational software in terms of constructivist learning theory, and describes how students use the software in the courses concerned. The paper concludes by suggesting further developments of this approach.

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