Creating an Interactive and Collaborative e-Learning Environment in Educational Processes


At the dawn of the twenty first century, the educators and young people in Turkish schools face a profoundly changed world regarding new information and communication technologies that are being applied in educational processes. This paper investigates the World Links for Development (WorLD) Programme, which has been in place to introduce new learning methodologies in some pilot schools of the Ministry of National Education (MONE) in cooperation with the World Bank Institute (WBI) since September 1998. This challenging WorLD programme, which is in place in 26 countries, encompasses the innovative, cross-cutting series of activities to strengthen teaching and learning at the level of the school and classroom developed by the World Links for Development (WorLD) and Basic Education Programme (BEP), respectively, both of which focus on youth, educators, and policy makers in Turkey. Indeed, to attain desired long term sustainable development, the MONE must ensure that the youth, who comprise a significant proportion of our population, acquire the knowledge lifelong learning skills, and values and attitudes they need to become active, productive members of the society. After the implementation of the pilot phase of the World Links project, the MONE has decided to expand the project over selected 67 schools in 43 provinces to meet high quality education demand of the youth.

KEYWORDS: Computer Based Education, World Links for Development Programme, The use of Internet for Collaborative Learning.