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"A student's Europe: The constructivist approach to multimedia learning about integration"

Mazzucelli, Colette. (2003) "A student's Europe: The constructivist approach to multimedia learning about integration". In: UNSPECIFIED, Nashville, TN. (Unpublished)

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    Abstract

    This paper reasons that in a global environment there is so increasing need to assess the relevance of constructivist approaches to teaching about European integration. By drawing on literature and constructivist learning environments, its analysis focuses on the potential in trasnational community building via education. The paper's findings relay on several years experience establishing a learning community with a focus on conflict prevention in the Balkans as a dimension of European construction. This topic is particularly significant as we contemplate the implications of the Union's enlargement. The rationale for choosing synchronous tools (traditional reaching, audio talking room and PC videoconferences) and asynchronous tools (email exchanges, listserv dissemination, and threaded discussion forum) to create a transcontinental multimedia seminar is explained. The paper also questions the effectiveness of these tools to sustain a quality learning experience. In this context, survey data available in numerous student evaluations is interpreted. As a European public space emerges, this paper's objective is to shed fight on the challenges and opportunities e-learning may present for the younger generations, Europe's future leaders. Its analysis questions the likelihood of a possible future for the European Union that Stanley Hoffmann identifies as "between regional enlargement and global irrelevance."

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    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Constructivism.
    Subjects for non-EU documents: Other > teaching the EU-curriculum
    Other > integration theory (see also researching and writing the EU in this section)
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series: UNSPECIFIED
    ["eprint_fieldname_eusries" not defined]: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Conference: European Union Studies Association (EUSA) > Biennial Conference > 2003 (8th), March 27-29, 2003
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 23 Feb 2005
    Page Range: p. 37
    Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 17:24
    URI: http://aei.pitt.edu/id/eprint/2892

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