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ERIC Number: EJ865222
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jul
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 55
ISSN: ISSN-1475-939X
E-Learning: You Don't Always Get What You Hope for
Kirkwood, Adrian
Technology, Pedagogy and Education, v18 n2 p107-121 Jul 2009
Despite substantial growth in the use of information and communication technologies (ICT) throughout western societies, there is much evidence of technology-led innovations within Higher Education (HE) failing to achieve the anticipated transformations in learning and teaching. This paper reviews evidence from research and evaluation studies relating not only to e-learning, but also to wider HE practices. It argues that the use of ICT does not, "in itself," result in improved educational outcomes and ways of working. It considers contextual factors that are of greater significance in determining "how" and "why" e-learning is used in HE. Students' engagement with e-learning relates to their expectations and conceptions of learning and to assessment demands. Academics need to re-assess their own beliefs and practices concerning teaching and assessment and their impact on the experience of learners. Both teachers and learners need to understand "why" e-learning activities are to be undertaken and the rewards expected to be derived. (Contains 1 table and 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom