ModUS: a Modular User-oriented CSCL-System in line with gender research
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AbstractComputer technology carries in- and exclusions determined by its developers and their pre-assumptions, interests and tasks. The participation of women in computer-based learning and teaching is restricted in many ways. The promotion of computer literacy therefore starts by critically reviewing the used technology, and discussing its potentials and limitations. With ModUS (Modular User-oriented System) a CSCL system will be developed that consequently follows a constructivist approach to foster self-determined reflective learning to put gender research results into practice. This should be achieved mainly by a) a modular combination of different tools within a framework platform, b) modifiable tools that account for cultural and gender differences, and c) modules that support reflective and critical work on media contents. ModUS - constructivist, flexible, and gender-sensitive - can contribute to overcome not only gender differences but suit diverse learning strategies in general.