Advantages and limitations of digital learning objects: the student perspective

Teaching qualitative research is often hampered by student uncertainties around how to apply methodological knowledge in practice. At the Erasmus School of History, Culture, and Communication (EUR), we are addressing this with the help of digital learning objects (DLOs) for teaching and learning about qualitative research.

We have developed, implemented, and assessed a set of DLOs covering the six most common methods of qualitative analysis in our field, integrating them within the undergraduate mandatory methodological course.

Our research focused on the student perspective of the advantages and disadvantages of these DLOs. Findings suggest our recipe for scaffolding knowledge acquisition and practical skills was largely successful, as students found DLOs helpful in clearing doubts and cementing knowledge. Furthermore, when well-integrated within a course, DLOs can motivate students by increasing self-regulation and by providing a new learning environment showcasing “learning how to learn.” However, educators are also advised to also consider potential limitations of DLOs, such as new anxieties created by dealing with this type of learning resources and the pressures on the lecture/ tutorial brought about by the DLOs.

Read more about the recipe behind these DLOs and the student perception of their usefulness here.



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Reactie van John Walker

Interesting research, thanks for sharing.