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SCOLE stands for student-centered open learning environments it is focused on students taking charge of their education or learning with little or no assistance from educators (Spector et al., 2014 p. 642). An example of SCOLE is WISE. WISE stands for Web-Inquiry Science Environment, it is a type of virtual reality where students are able to get involved with the science they are learning. With this program, students are able to conduct experiments from a virtual laboratory that engages students in scientific inquiry through, experimentation, investigation, and questioning. This is helpful especially for students who are learning online and it helps them to actually interact and participate with what they are learning. A con to SCOLE learning is that it doesn’t have “empirical foundation and are applied in misguided ways” (Spector et al., 2014 p. 645). This stems from the need of having direct instruction and that this type of instruction can be used for every type of learning (Spector et al., 2014 p. 645). Even though there are negatives to this type of learning students are taking hold of their education and are having the ability to interact with what they are learning through the programs that are offered through SCOLE. Another positive to this type of learning is “that they support authentic learning environments, thus situating learning tasks in the context of real-world situations” (Nistor et al., 2015). SCOLE is a type of distance learning where students already cannot be “passive learners” but “they must participate in the learning process” (Simonson et al., 2015 p. 168). SCOLE learning provides the learner with the ability to do more than just learning through a computer or at a distance, but actively participate. This program can be used for higher education and even students in K-12. However, this type of learning will not be beneficial for students who do not know how to manage their learning on their own and are not disciplined. This type of learning is used in homeschooling for students in middle and high school (have not seen it in elementary) where they are given a specific program or online tool to help them explore a topic given. Once again with this type of learning discipline is very much needed no matter what level of education.


  • Nistor, N., Trăuşan-Matu, Ş., Dascălu, M., Duttweiler, H., Chiru, C., Baltes, B., & Smeaton, G. (2015). Finding student-centered open learning environments on the internet: Automated dialogue assessment in academic virtual communities of practice. Computers in Human Behavior, 47, 119-127. doi:10.1016/j.chb.2014.07.029

Simonson, M., Smaldino, S., Albright, M., & Zvacek, S. (2015). Teaching and learning at a distance: Foundations of distance education. (6th ed.) Boston, MA: Allyn & Bacon.

Spector, M., Merrill M., Elen J., & Bishop M. (2014). Handbook of research on educational communications and technology. (4th ed.) New York, NY. Springer.