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ERIC Number: EJ842363
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jul
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 28
ISSN: ISSN-1537-2456
Methods for Evaluating Learner Activities with New Technologies: Guidelines for the Lab@Future Project
Mwanza-Simwami, Daisy; Engestrom, Yrjo; Amon, Tomaz
International Journal on E-Learning, v8 n3 p361-384 Jul 2009
The task of evaluating learner activities with new technologies is becoming increasingly complex because traditional evaluation strategies do not adequately consider the unique and often dynamic characteristics of learners and activities carried out. Learner activities are largely driven by motives and relationships that exist in the context in which learning takes place. The article draws insights from theories of human activity and learning in order to understand learners and activities carried out using new technologies. Theory-informed guidelines were abstracted from activity theory and the theory of expansive learning and presented as a method for evaluating learner activities in an international project funded by the European Union (EU), specifically, Lab@Future. We describe basic features of the theories and use a case study to present an example implementation of the theory-informed guidelines used as a method for evaluating learner activities with new technologies. The ultimate goal of this study was to establish a method for applying activity theory-based pedagogical insight to the evaluation of learner activities in the Lab@Future project. The article concludes by reflecting on the benefits of using theory-informed guidelines as a method for evaluating learner activities with new technologies. (Contains 8 figures and 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Slovenia