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ERIC Number: ED388235
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994
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Learning Network Design: A Methodology for the Construction of Co-operative Distance Learning Environments.
Learning Network Design (LND) is a socially oriented methodology for construction of cooperative distance learning environments. The paper advances a social constructivist approach to learning in which learning and teaching are seen as a process of active communication, interpretation, and negotiation; offers a view of information technology as a medium of constrained communication; and finally develops an approach to the design of cooperative learning environments. It is argued that the embedded engineering paradigms that accompany telematic media are inappropriate for the design and construction of interactive social environments. An alternative process-oriented paradigm is proposed for the development of a design methodology. This paradigm sees learning as coordinated communication and computer technologies as communication tools. The approach to learning offered takes account of the potential openness in communication offered by the time and/or distant independent technologies of advanced cooperative learning technologies. It offers a socio-cognitive perspective on learning stressing the importance of: context; coordination of action within a contextual framework; the active nature of learning; the role of the tutor; and the role of other learners as a resource. The focus of LND is on the importance of communication in context. It provides the parameters for design "with the user." (Contains 10 references.) (MAS)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: In: Educational Multimedia and Hypermedia, 1994. Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 94--World Conference on Educational Multimedia and Hypermedia (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, June 25-30, 1994); see IR 017 359.