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ERIC Number: EJ852037
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 9
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1195-4353
From Classrooms to Learning Environments: A Midrange Projection of E-Learning Technologies
Downes, Stephen
College Quarterly, v7 n3 Sum 2004
The evolution of a new technology passes through two distinct stages. In the first stage, the technology may be seen as a new way of doing an old thing. In the second stage, however, the new technology went beyond the mere replication of an earlier technology. In the field of learning, a very similar evolution is taking place. The introduction of information and communications technologies is also in the process of passing through two stages. The first stage is what might be thought of as the electronic classroom. The physical environment in which teaching and learning occurs is being replaced with an electronic classroom, but the process of teaching is very much the same. In the second phase, however, technology is used in new ways to advance beyond what was possible in the classroom. Because people are a part of the way through this transformation, a mid-range projection is now possible. In this article, the author discusses the mid-range projection of e-learning technologies and describes the continuum of technological innovations that are now becoming more familiar to researchers in the field. The author also discusses the gradual evolution of a significant transformation of learning and the opportunities and challenges for the development of new technologies and new pedagogies.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education
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Language: English
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