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Research Article

Teaching Basic Ideas in Logic Using E-learning Tools

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  • @ARTICLE{10.4108/eai.20-6-2017.152744,
        author={Peter Ohrstrom and Ulrik Sandborg-Petersen and Steinar Thorvaldsen and Thomas Ploug},
        title={Teaching Basic Ideas in Logic Using E-learning Tools},
        journal={EAI Endorsed Transactions on e-Learning},
        keywords={Syllogistics, argumentation, learning analytics, logical proofs, deduction, gamified quizzing, logic teaching.},
  • Peter Ohrstrom
    Ulrik Sandborg-Petersen
    Steinar Thorvaldsen
    Thomas Ploug
    Year: 2017
    Teaching Basic Ideas in Logic Using E-learning Tools
    DOI: 10.4108/eai.20-6-2017.152744
Peter Ohrstrom1,*, Ulrik Sandborg-Petersen1, Steinar Thorvaldsen2, Thomas Ploug1
  • 1: Department of Communication and Psychology, Aalborg University, Rendsburggade14, 9000 Aalborg, Denmark
  • 2: Department of Education, University of Tromsø, 9037 Tromsø, Norway
*Contact email: poe@hum.aau.dk


This paper is a study of various e-learning strategies for teaching basic ideas in logic. The focus is mainly on syllogistic validity and deduction. It is a continuation of earlier studies involving practical experiments with students of Communication using the Syllog system, which makes it possible to develop e-learning tools and to do learning analytics based on log-data. The aim of the present paper is to investigate whether the Syllog e-learning tools can be helpful in logic teaching in order to obtain a better understanding of logic and argumentation in general and syllogisms in particular. Four versions of a course in basic logic involving different teaching methods will be compared. Both short- and longterm effects are discussed.