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ERIC Number: EJ814833
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Nov
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 41
ISSN: ISSN-0007-1013
From E-Learning Space to E-Learning Place
Wahlstedt, Ari; Pekkola, Samuli; Niemela, Marketta
British Journal of Educational Technology, v39 n6 p1020-1030 Nov 2008
In this paper, it is argued that e-learning environments are currently more like "buildings", i.e., learning spaces, rather than "schools", i.e., places for learning. The concepts originated from architecture and urban design, where they are used both to distinguish static spaces from inhabited places, and more importantly, as design objectives. The transformation from space to place is supported and enabled by social interactions between the (learning) community members. We argue that this distinction between the concepts explains some of the problems with current e-learning systems and propose issues to consider when designing new systems. By acknowledging the importance and characteristics of a place, designers and researchers can justify the need and support for social interactions in learning space, consequently enabling social community building in e-learning environments, and most importantly, supporting the development of a user-friendly and motivating e-learning place.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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