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Technology and Social Choices in the Era of Social Transformations

Edited By Borut Rončević and Matej Makarovič

From the dawn of humanity, the dialectic relationship between technology and society has been one of the driving forces behind changes in both realms. Trends in technological developments and their applications are, ultimately, the result of individual and collective choices. At the same time, technology influences the social choices of individuals, small groups and entire societies. This book focuses on two closely related ideas: technological development and social choices. While relating them, the book shows the relationship between human individuals and their agency; social structures, both as the initial context and as resulting from human agency; and technology that has been developed and applied by human agents’ choices within social contexts.

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The Effectiveness of E-learning for Students’ Acquiring Online Presentation Competence (Petra Kleindienst in Andrej Raspor)

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Petra Kleindienst and Andrej Raspor

Abstract: Presenting information effectively is a vital element in the crucial moments of one’s professional life. This is especially relevant for students who are laying the groundwork for their presentation competence while they are studying. Since information and communication technologies (ICT) have become popular among students and because learning material and lectures are often delivered to students using online tools, it is essential to explore the development of presentation competence in a virtual learning environment. This chapter focuses on the research question about the (dis)advantages of e-learning environments in terms of building students’ online presentation competence. This research is based on a case study of a higher education institution in Slovenia. It measures the improvement of students’ competence during their assignment presentations in an online study course. The purpose of this chapter is to present the results of students’ self-evaluations of their presentation competence before the start and after the completion of the online course. The research results show that students have considerably improved their presentation competence by conducting online presentations.

Keywords: competences, presentations, study, e-learning, experiential learning, self-assessment

Presentations are one of the modes for providing experiential learning opportunity (Ord 2009). As delivering valuable presentations can be regarded as one of the most significant challenges for students, this challenge is even more daunting when presentations are conducted using online tools, especially when using a camera. Such presentations are demanding for both pedagogues and students. Pedagogues must adjust...

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