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ERIC Number: EJ811926
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Mar
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 39
ISSN: ISSN-1475-939X
Exploring Amplifications and Reductions Associated with E-Learning: Conversations with Leaders of E-Learning Programs
Kanuka, Heather; Rourke, Liam
Technology, Pedagogy and Education, v17 n1 p5-15 Mar 2008
The purpose of this study was to probe more deeply into the changes that are occurring in higher education as a result of the use of e-learning technology. An interpretive approach using unstructured interviews with leaders of e-learning programs at research-intensive universities was conducted. Based on the findings of this study, we conclude that (1) competing paradigms which suggest that there are associated amplifications and reductions occurring as a result of e-learning technologies can contribute to a renewed discussion on the use of e-learning in higher education and (2) the perception that e-learning technologies are pedagogically neutral is misguided. The results of this study indicate we should be aware that we are operating within the technology's structure and that there are unavoidable consequences. How much these consequences matter to us depends on whether they are compatible with our pedagogical aims and objectives. (Contains 1 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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