Patterns of ICT-based learning (Moodle and Mahara 2.0) for contents of anatomy, physiology and health in scholar Physical Education lessons.

DOI : http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/S0717-95022015000100059
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Antonio Granero-Gallegos & Antonio Baena-Extremera

Summary

The aim of this study was to compare the learning performance of students in secondary physical education lessons after receiving two teaching units in which the theoretical content of Anatomy, Physiology and Body Health, was given with the support of Moodle and Mahara 2.0. We used a quasi-experimental, descriptive and sectional design. The total sample consisted of 122 students in the 4th year of Secondary Education (ESO), 57 males and 65 females. We worked with an experimental group of 72 people who received theoretical training of two teaching units supported by Moodle 2.0 and Mahara, and a control group of 50 students who received no support classes of virtual platforms. Practical classes were similar in both groups. The measuring instrument was a multiple choice assessment questionnaire. Pretest measure was obtained before training and other measures after the intervention (posttest). Improvements were analyzed in each group according to the theoretical method used and compared the results obtained by analysis of gain score (posttest-pretest) with T-test for related samples. After intervention, the average score is greater than fifty percent in both groups, without significant gain scores of physiology, anatomy and health in the experimental group. These data confirm that the use of LMS platforms contribute more to the acquisition of this content among students. An important contribution in the field of EF is the fact that less theoretical contact hours are necessary, as the students work on time on the practical elective content made in class, thus having more hours of practice teaching time.

KEY WORDS: Methodology; Moodle 2.0; Mahara; Anatomy; Physiology; Physical education.

How to cite this article

GRANERO-GALLEGOS, A. & BAENA-EXTREMERA, A. Patterns of ICT-based learning (Moodle and Mahara 2.0) for contents of anatomy, physiology and health in scholar Physical Education lessons. Int. J. Morphol., 33(1):375-381, 2015.