Programming of Hypermedia
In order to promote students’ peer learning skills and to motivate them to learn, the Hypermedia Laboratory at the Tampere University of Technology (TUT) organised a course entitled Programming of Hypermedia, which attempts to solve authentic, real-world problems. TUT Circle, a socialmedia web service, was used as the web-based learning environment for the course. It has most of the basic functions that are common in modern social media andWeb 2.0 services. The research focused in finding out, first, if the teaching experiment with TUT Circle was pedagogically usable and, second, if students voluntarily utilised peer learning to learn with and from each other without immediate teacher intervention. Both a survey and network analysis of the log data support the fact that TUT Circle supported peer learning and does not have major defects from a pedagogical usability viewpoint.
KeywordsTeaching Experiment Social Network Analysis Authentic Learning Teacher Intervention Exercise Work
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