The Role of Scaffolding in a Learner-centered Tutoring System for Business English at a Distance

Elena Bárcena (mbarcena@flog.uned.es) & Timothy Read (tread@lsi.uned.es)
UNED, Spain
http://www.uned.es
This paper was shortlisted for the 'Best paper award' at the
Third EDEN Research Workshop, Oldenburg, Germany, 2004

English Abstract

This paper considers some of the key theoretical frameworks and concepts in the field of learning and their application to a system for the tuition of business English. A critical overview of learner-centered technology is undertaken from the perspective of the mainstream theoretical frameworks that have been adopted since computer-assisted learning started. Attention is then given to the specific concept of educational scaffolding, a recently revitalised topic that many teachers and educational systems adopt to intervene in the learning process, assisting the learner mainly in the early stages. Finally, an application of some of these key theoretical principles to a personalized learner-centered system for the tuition of business English, called I-PETER, is presented.

Spanish Abstract

Este artículo considera algunos de los conceptos y marcos teóricos clave en el campo del aprendizaje y su aplicación a un sistema de tutorización de inglés para negocios. Se realiza un análisis crítico de la tecnología centrada en el aprendiente desde la perspectiva de los marcos teóricos fundamentales que se han ido adoptando desde el comienzo del aprendizaje asistido por ordenador. Además, se presta especial atención al concepto específico de andamiaje didáctico, un elemento revitalizado recientemente que muchos sistemas adoptan para intervenir en el proceso educativo, asistiendo al aprendiente sólo cuando éste lo necesita, que viene a ser habitualmente en las primeras etapas de su aprendizaje. Por último se presenta I-PETER, una aplicación de algunos de estos principios teóricos analizados a un sistema personalizado y centrado en el aprendiente para la tutorización del inglés para negocios.

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Tags

e-learning, distance learning, distance education, online learning, higher education, DE, blended learning, ICT, information and communication technology, internet, collaborative learning, learning management system, MOOC, interaction, LMS,

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