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Research and evaluation of the effectiveness of e-learning in the case of linear programming

Ljiljana Miletić ; Gimnazija Požega, Požega, Hrvatska
Goran Lešaja ; Department of Mathematical Sciences, Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, USA

Puni tekst: engleski pdf 394 Kb

str. 109-127

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The paper evaluates the effectiveness of the e-learning approach to linear programming. The goal was to investigate how proper use of information and communication technologies (ICT) and interactive learning helps to improve high school students’ understanding, learning and retention of advanced non-curriculum material. The hypothesis was that ICT and e-learning is helpful in teaching linear programming methods. In the first phase of the research, a module of lessons for linear programming (LP) was created using the software package Loomen Moodle and other interactive software packages such as Geogebra. In the second phase, the LP module was taught as a short course to two groups of high school students. These two groups of students were second-grade students in a Croatian high school. In Class 1, the module was taught using ICT and e-learning, while the module was taught using classical methods in Class 2. The action research methodology was an integral part in delivering the course to both student groups. The sample student groups were carefully selected to ensure that differences in background knowledge and learning potential were statistically negligible. Relevant data was collected while delivering the course. Statistical analysis of the collected data showed that the student group using the e-learning method produced better results than the group using a classical learning method. These findings support previous results on the effectiveness of e-learning, and also establish a specific approach to e-learning in linear programming.

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linear programming, simplex method, interior point-method, Loomen Moodle - course management system, GeoGebra - dynamic geometry program, action research

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