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Teaching in context : some implications for e-learning design

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posted on 2007-01-01, 00:00 authored by R Benson, Gayani Samarawickrema
One of the major advantages of e-learning technologies is the expanded opportunities that they offer for when and where learning takes place. Until recently, little attention has been given to the implications that variation in the learner’s context creates for e-learning design. The context of learning with technologies is often considered quite narrowly, sometimes at the level of specific learning transactions, with limited acknowledgement of whether learners will be engaging with them on-campus, off-campus, across national boundaries or in some other contexts. While there are limitations to teachers’ control of contextual variation, their knowledge of the student cohorts to whom a particular unit of study will be offered provides some clear implications for choices to be made in relation to e-learning design. This paper illustrates these choices through the use of examples from e-learning showcase sites at two institutions. The examples are analysed within a selected theoretical framework to provide preliminary guidelines for accommodating contextual variation in elearning.

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Pagination

61 - 70

Location

Singapore

Open access

  • Yes

Start date

2007-12-02

End date

2007-12-05

ISBN-13

9789810595791

ISBN-10

9810595794

Language

eng

Notes

Reproduced with the kind permission of the copyright owner.

Publication classification

E1 Full written paper - refereed

Copyright notice

2007, ASCILITE

Editor/Contributor(s)

R Oliver, D Tan, A Kit, C Cheers

Title of proceedings

ICT: providing choices for learners and learning

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