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Evaluating a music e-learning resource: the participants’ perspective

Seddon, F. A. and Biasutti, M. (2009) Evaluating a music e-learning resource: the participants’ perspective. Computers & Education. 53(3), pp. 541-549. 0360-1315.

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Abstract: This pilot investigative study tested the efficacy of a music e-learning resource specifically constructed to enable individual learners to play a 12-bar improvised blues by ear, on a musical keyboard, in an e-learning environment. The study also sought the participants’ perspective of this experience by eliciting their reflections on the learning experience. Participant perceptions of the role of the ’on-line tutor’ in this elearning environment were also examined. The research adopted a qualitative approach through videotaped observation of the participants as they engaged with the resource. The resulting video data was analysed employing an inductive process of analysis. Semistructured interviews were also conducted with individual participants after the learning sessions were completed. Qualitative analysis of the interview transcriptions provided the participant perspective. Triangulation between the data validated researcher interpretations of the findings. Results revealed (a) all participants successfully engaged with the musical task in the e-learning environment, (b) five learning activities emerged from the analysis of the video data that were interpreted as: ’instruction’, ’copying’, ’practising’, ’playing’ and ’evaluating’, (c) four ’participant perspective’ themes emerged from the interview data that were interpreted as: ’activities’, ’feelings’, ’evaluation’ and ’difficulties’ (d) participants sought different levels of interaction with the ’on-line tutor’ who was found to adopt the role of ’remote facilitator’.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Evaluation, Participant perspective, Music e-learning
Subjects: M Music and Books on Music > MT Musical instruction and study
M Music and Books on Music > ML Literature on music > ML3469 Popular music > ML3521 Blues
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1028.43 Computers in education. Web-based instruction. Educational technology
Creators: Seddon, Frederick A and Biasutti, Michele
Publisher: Elsevier
Faculties, Divisions and Institutes: University Faculties, Divisions and Research Centres - OLD > Faculty of Business & Law
Date: 2009
Date Type: Publication
Page Range: pp. 541-549
Journal or Publication Title: Computers & Education
Volume: 53
Number: 3
Language: English
ISSN: 0360-1315
Status: Published / Disseminated
Refereed: Yes

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