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ERIC Number: EJ903921
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 38
ISSN: ISSN-1832-8342
There, yet Not There: Human Relationships with Technology
Lloyd, Margaret
Journal of Learning Design, v3 n2 p1-13 2010
There is a "reality" to being online which we know to be false. We are simultaneously "there" but "not there" as we talk, work and play with others in online spaces. We move between physical and virtual spaces in ways that realise the predictions made for computers in the mid-20th Century and enact scenarios from science fiction. We are left wondering if our thoughts--through our disembodied selves--have become a "second self" or if we have become part of the machine itself. Information and communication technology (ICT) have brought differing human and technological agencies to all aspects of contemporary life including teaching and learning. This paper attempts to identify and categorise these agencies through the genres of technics and to illustrate them--and our relationships with technology--through reference to philosophy, fiction and reality. It also stands as an introduction to this special issue on the agency of technology. (Contains 10 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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