Web-based Learning in a Geometry Course
Associate Professor, Department of Mathematics Education, National Pingtung University of Education, No.4-18, Minsheng Rd., Pingtung City, Pingtung County 900, Taiwan (R.O.C.), email@example.com, Tel: +886-8-7226141#6200 or 6210, Fax: +886-8-7239860
Doctoral Student, Department of Industrial Technology Education, National Kaohsiung Normal University, No.58, Lane 59, Longsing St., Cianjhen District, Kaohsiung City 806, Taiwan (R.O.C.), firstname.lastname@example.org, Tel: +886-7-7510048, Fax: +886-7-7510445
Professor, Department of Computer Science, National Pingtung University of Education, No.4-18, Minsheng Rd., Pingtung City, Pingtung County 900, Taiwan (R.O.C.), email@example.com, Tel: +886-8-7226141#3107 or 3110, Fax: +886-8-7215034
ABSTRACT: This study concerns applying Web-based learning with learner controlled instructional materials in a geometry course. The experimental group learned in a Web-based learning environment, and the control group learned in a classroom. We observed that the learning method accounted for a total variation in learning effect of 19.1% in the 3rd grade and 36.5% in the 6th grade. The main factor in the difference was attributed to the studentsí ability to apply information technology. We further found that students need more communication with peers, teachers, and lecture materials when learning via the Internet. We are encouraged that progress in the technological advances of the Internet will make it more convenient and more effective for use in Web-based learning.
Keywords: Classroom learning, Geometry curriculum, Learner control, Van Hiele level of geometric thought, Web-based learning