Brenda Walsh – Institute of Technology, Tralee

Social networking is an integral part of children’s lives today. A pilot project on the use of a VLE at primary level was run in partnership with The Education Centre, Tralee. The centre hosted the maths module Digimaths on their Moodle learning management system. The growth of virtual learning environments (VLE) and learning management systems (LMS) in the European and British educational sector is a trend which is continuing to grow. There are indications that education in Ireland will follow a similar trend. Moodle VLE was of interest as it is open source software and therefore affordable to Irish schools.

 The Digimaths product was developed based on the Irish primary school mathematics’   curriculum. The research investigated whether a curriculum aligned multimedia application in a Moodle VLE encouraged students to improve their scores in the standardized tests, in particular the primary school SIGMA-T test. Participants’ attitude and self-efficacy in relation to maths were also included in the study.