Yes, Moodle was conceived to enable the 'construction' of knowledge. The roles of teacher and learner are thus less polarized and may even swap under some circumstances. Since I started to design Moodle courses and learning materials, I as a teacher have certainly also learnt a lot. My learners even sometimes design their own Moodle learning materials which can then be used by their peers or improved by group collaboration.
Do you know of Russian psychologist Vygotsky and his 'Zone of Proximal Learning'? He stated that learning takes place in a multi-dimensional manner through performing tasks which need the help of others (teacher or peer) at first, building on the knowledge to perform further tasks. These are then not necessarily in a linear manner as Piaget suggested and in the manner of much traditional schooling. It seems to me that Moodle is a great tool for Vygotsky style learning rather than simple linear testing.
Sadly, I'm not sure that Moodle is always used for the active construction of knowledge, as Martin Dougiamas himself has sometimes mentioned. Maybe because of curriculum restraints, lack of time or just teachers clinging to the old methods they know but in online format?
If interested you may like to look at my e-learning software website (which can be used with Moodle) - http://stories4learning.com
All the best
please find a link to a recent research paper (currently under peer review for a journal)- may be helpful in terms of the detail above...and a bit more info too
I hope you can access the paper. ALL comments welcome (be grateful for that).
Could you give me the name of the journal that your paper will most probably be published. I would like to cite this paper in my assignment, but according to the referencing guide for prepublication journal articles, I need to state where it would be published. Thank you.
oh my! 'Could you give me the name of the journal that your paper will most probably be published.'
Not sure it will be published, one can never be sure about that. However, there is associated nomenclature for your question:
if a research paper is under review then in your ref (main body) you just need names of author then bracket (under review instead of date-need page number as well if direct quote).
In the ref list (APA/Harvard) you ref as normal but instead of a date in brackets you again include (under review). If the paper has been accepted...not in this case at the mo..but might be useful to know...you place in brackets (in press) instead of under review in the above cases.
The Journal name is:
Journal of Educational Technology and Society: http://www.ifets.info/
On another note, the work has been accepted for a conference presentation in the UK, this Autumn.
Here are the details for that:
Thank you Dawn. All the best with you paper.