Evaluation of an Experimental Virtual Learning Environment of Winemaking for Middle School and College Students in Chile

  • Claudio Fredes Universidad Católica del Maule
  • Sergio Espinoza Universidad Católica del Maule
Keywords: Architectures for educational technology system, improving classroom teaching, interactive learning environments, secondary education.

Abstract

BITWINE is a virtual learning environment (VLE) that was aimed to develop work competencies in the winemaking industry based on Chilean winemaking work standards. This paper analyzed the learning of the winemaking process as well as the likeability and functionality of BITWINE for university and technical school students. The learning with BITWINE was tested through quasi-experimental tests for groups control (with BITWINE) and experimental (without BIWINE) with written assessment. Furthermore, functionality and likeability perceptions, obtained through written surveys, are analyzed and discussed. The results showed that those students who used BITWINE improved their learning. The perception of BITWINE likeability demonstrated that it was well designed. The studied VLE also contributed to teach how to work with appropriate norms of traceability, hygiene and work safety. However, although BITWINE was quite appreciated as an e-learning tool, it still requires better information and communications technology conditions to be functional.

Author Biographies

Claudio Fredes, Universidad Católica del Maule
 Is an enologist and associate professor in the Forestry and Agronomy Faculty at Universidad Católica del Maule where his primary responsibility is for teaching on the oenology sciences in the school of Agronomy. He has been involved as author in four wine education software. He was the general director of the CONICYT project “Virtual winemaking: developing work competences for the wine industry” and technical director of the Maule network of wine industry in order to define the work competences standards.
Sergio Espinoza, Universidad Católica del Maule
Is professor in the Forestry and Agronomy Faculty at Universidad Católica del Maule. He earned his Ph D in the Universidad de Chile (2012), focusing on breeding and plant physiology. His main research interests are the use of ICTs to improve undergraduate and postgraduate students’ learning and performance. Dr. Espinoza actively participated in the evaluation of the BITWINE VLE.

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Published
2018-03-15
How to Cite
Fredes, C., & Espinoza, S. (2018). Evaluation of an Experimental Virtual Learning Environment of Winemaking for Middle School and College Students in Chile. Revista Electrónica Educare, 22(2), 1-15. https://doi.org/10.15359/ree.22-2.13
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Articles (Peer Reviewed Section)