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Learning how to engage students online in hard times

Vandenberg, Andrew 2005, Learning how to engage students online in hard times, Education and information technologies, vol. 10, no. 1, pp. 33-49.

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Title Learning how to engage students online in hard times
Author(s) Vandenberg, Andrew
Journal name Education and information technologies
Volume number 10
Issue number 1
Start page 33
End page 49
Publisher Springer Netherlands
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2005-01
ISSN 1360-2357
1573-7608
Keyword(s) education
higher education
effect of technological innovations on internet in higher education
computer-assisted instruction
electronic conferencing
political science
study and teaching
activity theory
student engagement
online learning
Summary In a context of financial restraint and enterprising university managers, teacher-researchers have reason to be sceptical about the trend towards online teaching and away from learning for its own sake. This article departs from both economic and technological determinism and turns instead to ideas about technology embedded in social and political institutions. Activity theory offers a useful means of analysing such embeddedness. Its Marxian assumptions about human nature specify a non-deterministic approach to technology. Its dynamic model of the subjects, tools, and objects of activity within a context of rules, a community, and a division of labour helps to specify aspects of the authors process of learning how to use electronic conferencing effectively. A full deployment of activity theory would also analyse the activity of students. Here the evidence comes mainly from the activity of researcher-teachers engaging greater activity among students. The numbers of students involved precludes reliable quantitative analysis but qualitative evidence from students does support conclusions about researcher-teachers learning how to make best use of electronic conferencing.

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Language eng
Field of Research 130306 Educational Technology and Computing
Socio Economic Objective 930599 Education and Training Systems not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2005, Springer Science, & Business Media
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