ERIC Number: EJ798846
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Aug
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A Social Theory Perspective on e-Learning
Remtulla, Karim A.
Learning Inquiry, v2 n2 p139-149 Aug 2008
Current research on e-learning that focuses predominantly on instructional programming, and on various hardware and software, essentially neglects the more socio-cultural perspectives on e-learning. With this in mind, this article proceeds from a social theory perspective with a more socio-culturally engaged look at e-learning for workplace learning and pedagogy. In so doing, this article proposes a theoretical framework derived from the social theory of Jean Baudrillard (1929-2007), with a focus on his seminal, metaphorical notion of "simulation". Finally, this metaphor is applied as a theoretical framework to discern the socio-cultural significance of the present trajectory of technological environments for workplace learning and their potential for conveying socially and (multi)culturally relevant workplace learning pedagogy.
Descriptors: Figurative Language, Social Theories, Models, Simulation, Online Courses, Distance Education, Sociocultural Patterns
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