Learning Technology Theory

Roberts, George (2001) Learning Technology Theory. Discussion Paper. ALT LT Theory SIG, Oxford, UK.

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Our condition with respect to digital literacy is analogous to the condition of pre-literate peoples whose un-written beliefs descend through mythology and folk tales. Like children to whom all things are new, it appears that we are only now learning to read (and write) the Internet and hypermedia in as fundamental a way as we learned to read (and write) writing, perspective or the movies. That is, the Internet is one of those watershed technologies that has had the power to make children of us once again. As Beetham (Beetham et all 2001) argues, the debate must move beyond simple behaviourist-bad : constructivist-good positions. For Boyle (1997 p. 45), "A central challenge for these approaches is to incorporate expert guidance without undermining the creative initiative of the learner." But, the very suitability of learning technology to managerialism is cause for at least interested concern and suggests that theory might be useful for those striving within the "tense new reality" of the "democratic academy"

Item Type: Monograph (Discussion Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: learning technology theory
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Divisions: Special Interest Groups (SIGs)
Depositing User: Maria Hedberg
Date Deposited: 21 Jan 2011 08:56
Last Modified: 04 Apr 2011 08:55
URI: http://repository.alt.ac.uk/id/eprint/869

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