ERIC Number: EJ722974
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Dec
Reference Count: 19
Activity Theory and Higher Education: Evaluating Learning Technologies
Scanlon, E.; Issroff, K.
Journal of Computer Assisted Learning, v21 n6 p430-439 Dec 2005
This paper examines current practice in the evaluation of learning technology in the UK and proposes a new approach informed by Activity Theory. It is based on our experiences of using Activity Theory to understand students' and lecturers' experiences of technology-based teaching environments. We discuss the activity of evaluating learning technologies in higher education, and some frameworks currently in use that assume an efficiency criteria for their evaluations. We use the evaluation criteria proposed by Breen et al. (2001) as a starting point for alternative criteria to review a number of examples of technology based teaching in Higher Education. We identify a need for a broader view of the outcomes and value of using learning technologies and relate this activity to a new approach based on an Activity Theory augmented view of evaluation.
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Higher Education, Evaluation Criteria, Educational Technology, Educational Media, Computer Assisted Instruction, Evaluation Methods, Foreign Countries
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom