Pedagogical and didactical approaches that will be tested
Building on previous experiences and links with ongoing projects throughout Europe, eSTREAM intends to further test, compare and evaluate the use of Streaming media in different learning contexts and analyse its impact on the learning process. It will especially focus on new ways of enhancing the active use of media by students instead of passive consumption. This includes asynchronous and synchronous learning situations combined with ICT-based learning in classroom and distance education, individually or in groups. The project will in particular test or evaluate and analyse:
- The use of Streaming media for a better visualisation of learning content, promoting interactive learning, making content easier to understand, and to evaluate if increased interest can be created for specific content or matters
- The added value within ICT based classroom teaching (synchronous learning) in comparison to conventional ways of teaching
- How these technologies enhance individual, interactive ICT-supported eLearning in classroom (asynchronous learning), taking special learning needs and speeds in consideration
- A combination of learning in classroom with learning at distance (different synchronous distance learning scenarios such as webcasts, interactive telelearning by using Streaming media , a Multimedia Home Platform and interactive television)
- How these technologies can be used for a better preparation and follow-up of classroom lessons by enhancing autonomous individual learning at home (asynchronous distance education)
Special attention will be given to ODL methods supporting active learning as well as to effective eModeration.
The project will therefore promote self-centered, autonomous learning within multimedia eLearning environments, thus contributing to the development of lifelong learning skills. Different methodological approaches will be supported, e.g. constructivist approaches.