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  Session: Educational Technology Highlights from MPTL
  Paper Type: Panel
  Title: Using Moodle to Design Physics Online Courses with Virtual and Remote Laboratories Based on EJS
  Meeting: 2014 Summer Meeting: Minneapolis, Minnesota
  Location: N/A
  Time: 4:00PM
  Author: Luis De La Torre, UNED
+034 913989681, ldelatorre@dia.uned.es
  Co-Author(s): Ruben Heradio, Jose Sanchez, Sebastian Dormido
  Abstract: Easy Java Simulations (EJS) helps to create interactive simulations in Java, mainly for teaching and learning purposes. By means of this tool, instructors can easily create virtual and/or (if they also use the appropriate additional software) remote laboratories. Learning Management Systems (LMS) are software for web applications oriented for the administration, documentation, tracking, and reporting of e-learning programs. Moodle is a free source LMS with more than 60 million users, which makes it the most used LMS around the world. Like some other LMS, the stated philosophy of Moodle includes a constructivist and social constructionist approach to education, emphasizing that learners (and not just teachers) can contribute to the educational experience. Virtual and remote laboratories (created with EJS, for example) as well as LMS (Moodle, for example) offer different but fundamental educational tools to both teachers and students. However, although these resources are complementary (and not mutually exclusive), the integration between them is still an open issue that must be addressed. Therefore, an e-learning program should offer both kinds of tools to be considered a complete experience for students. The EJSApp add-ons for Moodle gather together the two previous resources, offering the possibility to build and prepare e-learning programs based on: 1) experimentation (thanks to the use of the virtual and remote laboratories) and 2) theory documentation provision, social interactivity and easy management (thanks to the use of the LMS).
  Footnotes: None
  Presentation: Using Moodle.ppt

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