CLE-based learning model

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CLE-based learning model is based on the implementation of Constructivist Learning Environments that focus on problem-solving scenarios where students can create innovative solutions with the aid of technology as well as tutors' support.

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CLE-based learning model

  1. 1. Constructivist Learning Environments (CLEs) By Juan Maestre Professor Paul Kim, Stanford University.
  2. 2. Our learning model addresses the way universitystudents should better learn already availableknowledge in their field, use it to solve real problemsand produce new knowledge.
  3. 3. This learning model would be implemented in theUniversidad Politécnica Salesiana in Quito - Ecuador,and serve 50 students enrolled in the last twosemesters of undergraduate programs in the roboticsand engineering schools.
  4. 4. During the last two semesters, students enroll incourses wher they develop and work on community-related projects to solve problems. These students areabout 22 years old and are familiar with computers,the Internet and mobile devices.The idea is to provide students of a betterenvironment and tools to come up with better andoriginal solutions to solve these problems.
  5. 5. CLEs-Based Learning Model allow students to interact withtechnology, information and prior-acquired knowledge to generatesolutions that solve community-related problems.Students should be constantly generating new knowledge and have theirtutors provide them with all the necessary information sources as well asall the necessary technology that would allow them to have access toinformation as well as communication channels that will put them incontact with those who might contribute to the development of theirproposals.In the following diagram we can see how this learning model is greatlyinfluenced by the problem itself which would determine the kind ofknowledge required. Students will make use of CLEs and tutors to be ableto come up with creative and innovative solutions.
  6. 6. knowledgeProblem –Challenge /community CLEsolutions student t Information sources tutor
  7. 7. elementsThis educational model is based on tutorsConstructivist Learning problemEnvironments (CLEs) whichimplement the latest in technologyso students can solve real-life studentproblems while interacting withmultiple digital and physicalplatforms as well as with tutors,information sources and thecommunity to produce viable Constructive Learning Technology / infrastructuresolutions. Students have complete Environment (CLE)freedom as to how to use their prior Multimediaknowledge and CLEs to have access Applicationto new information and come up Centerwith new solutions.In the diagram on the left, allelements of the model can be Community Knowledgeclearly identified. Relationship Center
  8. 8. studentsStudents are the most important tutorselement of CLEs, for they are the problemones who will make use of all theeducational resources and tools inorder to create problem-solving studentsprototypes. Constructive Learning Technology / infrastructure Environment (CLE) Multimedia Application Center Community Knowledge Relationship Center
  9. 9. tutorsTutors are to be contacted by tutorsstudents in case further guidance or problemmore information sources areneeded. Tutors are also required forprototype evaluation. studentsTutors act manily as informationsource suppliers and moderators inCLEs. Tutors can be physically orvirtually present in CLEs in order to Constructive Learning Technology / infrastructuremonitor and assist students. Environment (CLE) Multimedia Application Center Community Knowledge Relationship Center
  10. 10. problemThe problem constitutes the tutorschallenge to be addressed by the problemstudent. It should be real-life typeof problem present in thecommunity. students Constructive Learning Technology / infrastructure Environment (CLE) Multimedia Application Center Community Knowledge Relationship Center
  11. 11. Technolgy / infraestructureTechnology is another key aspect of tutorsCLEs. Predominantly, the type of problemtechnology implemented will bedigital and computer-centered. studentsStudents will have access tomultimedia interactive software tohave access to digital informationand virtual reality stations to provetheir prototypes. Constructive Learning Technology / infrastructure Environment (CLE)Physical spaces in CLEs would Multimediafoster critical thinking, creativity Applicationand teamwork at all times. CenterBoth digital technology andinfrastructure should providestudents of all the necessary tools Community Knowledgeto foster learning processes and theproduction of new knowledge. Relationship Center
  12. 12. Technology / infrastructure There are going to be 10 CLEs laboratories located in the Multimedia Formation Center. Each laboratory will have the following: problem 10 computers. Each computer will be equipped with a Xeon processor, video and graphics card and a 21” monitor. (16Gb RAM, 10Terabytes hard drive) Broadband internet access. Brainstorming session and meeting space equipped with 1 digital whiteboard and material such as pens and sticky note pads. Wi-Fi access for mobile devices. Technology / infrastructure Video conference area equipped with one projector and videoconference equipment (camera, software, etc.) Project Tracking software technology would allow students to publish advancements of the project so that tutors can evaluate progress. This software would also be available in students’ mobile devices. Knowledge
  13. 13. Technology / infrastructure For each class a maximum number of 10 students could use the lab. A CLE laboratory would look like this: problem Video conference Meeting room room Technology / Computer infrastructure terminals. CLE Laboratory Knowledge Computer terminals
  14. 14. Technology / infraestructureAnother important feature of the tutorstechnology used in this model is problemthe use of social networking as away for tutors to get in touch withstudents and provide them with studentstips on how to better work in teamsand sources to a varied array ofreferences that may help themarrive to better ideas. Constructive Learning Technology / infrastructure Environment (CLE) Multimedia Application Center Community Knowledge Relationship Center
  15. 15. communityThe community and the tutorsCommunity Relationship Center problemwould provide students of all thenecessary information regardingthe state of the problem. studentsThe role of the CommunityRelationship Center is to contactmembers of the community toidentify problems and all the agents Constructive Learning Technology / infrastructurethat might be involved. Environment (CLE) Multimedia Application Center Community Knowledge Relationship Center
  16. 16. Multimedia application centerThe Multimedia application center tutorswould provide students of all the problemnecessary software andcommunication tools that theymight need to solve a problem. studentsIn these courses there are a fewblind students. For them, the CLEswould incorporate software whichwould enable them to interact with Constructive Learning Technology / infrastructureinformation sources and Environment (CLE)technology via special software Multimediasuch as Jaws. Application Center Community Knowledge Relationship Center
  17. 17. knowledgeAnother key element in this tutorslearning model is knowledge being problemaccessible through a myriad ofdigital sources as well as fromtutors and the community itself. studentsIt is also very important to take intoaccount the student’s priorknowledge in order to encouragesuccessful learning and the creation Constructive Learning Technology / infrastructureof truly unique and original Environment (CLE)proposals. Multimedia Application Center Community Knowledge Relationship Center
  18. 18. The university has already approved the creation of CLEs in laboratoriesin the Multimedia Formation Center located in one of the campuses ofthe university. Basically, the spaces in these laboratories will have to beredesigned in order to generate interactive and engaging environmentsthat would promote student-centered, problem-focused research.
  19. 19. COSTThe costs of the creation of CLEs would be completely covered by theuniversity at first. However, the university will charge different amountsof money to community beneficiaries depending on the sector andproblem being tackled (specially if the problem being solved has privateprofit-making sectors as main and direct beneficiaries.)This entry of money would suppose a way to financially sustain andmaintain the infraestructure and technology of CLEs as well as pay forteacher training on how to use and implement this model with students.
  20. 20. MAINTENANCEThe Multimedia Formation Center would be in charge of themaintenance of all equipment and spaces of CLEs. The will also be incharge of the installation of new software and maintenance of networkinfrastructure.

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