Document Type


Date of Award

Spring 5-31-2004

Degree Name

Master of Science in Information Systems - (M.S.)


Information Systems

First Advisor

Michael Bieber

Second Advisor

Julian M. Scher

Third Advisor

Katia Passerini


The primary purpose of this thesis is to develop the requirements and model preliminary database and class designs for the Participatory Learning Approach Environment (PLAE). The requirements and the designs will be presented for version 1.0 and 2.0 with version 2.0 supporting an enhanced requirements set.

Participatory Learning Approach Environment (PLAE) is an exercise management tool for the Participatory Learning Approach (PLA) - a pedagogy approach based on the theory of constructivism. The PLAE facilitates and enhances learning among students while easing the administrative burden of the instructor and cognitive overload of the students. The theory and concepts on which the PLA is based are discussed, followed by a discussion on other pedagogy approaches and a comparison of them to the PLA.