ERIC Number: ED456823
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Oct
Discovering Social and Moral Context in Virtual Educational World.
Advanced technologies are changing the way teaching and learning are conducted and experienced in the world of distance education. Network environments such as the Internet have formed a new virtual education world for online learners. In distance education, the instructor and learner are physically separated. Interactivity is an important part of distance education. Social constructivists believe that knowledge is constructed through social interaction and collaboration with others. For Dewey (1916), the moral and the social quality of conduct are identical. The purpose of this paper is to analyze social and moral issues in the virtual education environment. Highlights of the discussion include: social context in virtual learning environments; moral context in the virtual learning environment; humanity and isolation; sharing and exchanging information; civility; and computer ethics. (Contains 35 references.) (AEF)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Social and Moral Fabric of School Life Conference (Seattle, WA, October 14-16, 1999).