Designing Learning Tools
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For years we have followed the changes taking place in the teaching and learning landscape brought about by the development of information and communication technology. Still we understand very little about the design of digital and social learning tools. How should software learning tools be designed? How could they be beneficial in complex social learning situations and learning systems? Designing Learning Tools — Methodological Insights relies on experience gained by participating in the design processes of four distinct experimental software tools that aimed to enhance learning in different contexts. The book introduces a research framework by referring to excerpts from selected theoretical and philosophical background sources relating to the design of the learning tools. By building on the framework, the book presents reflection on the design action within the four design cases and concludes with methodological insights. Designing Learning Tools — Methodological Insights offers critical and comprehensive discussion on design methodology. “Leinonen provides an excellent theoretical overview and combines learning theories together with design-process and tools.” “With this study Leinonen opens new doors for research-based design processes. As one of the forerunners in his field he has created an outstanding study which will definitely activate the research community to continue his work. “ Jarmo Viteli, Ed.D., (Computers in Education), Research Director, University of Tampere.