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Lai, Kwok-Wing – Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, 2011
This paper discusses how the use of digital technologies may support a shift of cultural practices in teaching and learning, to better meet the needs of 21st century higher education learners. A brief discussion of the changing needs of the learners is provided, followed by a review of the overall impact of digital technologies on teaching and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Informal Education, Learning Experience
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Ching, Yu-Hui; Hsu, Yu-Chang – Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, 2011
This paper synthesis's three theoretical perspectives, including sociocultural theory, distributed cognition, and situated cognition, into a framework to guide the design and assessment of Web 2.0 practices in higher education. In addition, this paper presents a case study of Web 2.0 practices. Thirty-seven online graduate students participated in…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Educational Practices, Internet, Sharing Behavior
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McLoughlin, Catherine; Lee, Mark J. W. – Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, 2010
Research findings in recent years provide compelling evidence of the importance of encouraging student control over the learning process as a whole. The socially based tools and technologies of the Web 2.0 movement are capable of supporting informal conversation, reflexive dialogue and collaborative content generation, enabling access to a wide…
Descriptors: Social Networks, Internet, Learner Controlled Instruction, Scaffolding (Teaching Technique)