Informed Opportunism: teaching for learning in uncertain contexts of distributed learning

Morgan, Wendy, Russell, Anne L., & Ryan, Michael (2002) Informed Opportunism: teaching for learning in uncertain contexts of distributed learning. In Lea, Mary R. & Nicoll, Kathy (Eds.) Distributed learning : social and cultural approaches to practice. Routledge/Falmer, London ; New York, pp. 38-55.

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We begin with the story of a project one of us undertook in using information and communication technologies (ICTs) with tertiary students. We then draw out of it some points for our arguments about the complex mix of literacy, learning and technology practices that contribute to tertiary education. In two respects this story might not seem immediately relevant to discussions of distance education. First, the students were present on campus. However, we believe that all learning – on or off campus – occurs in a variety of contexts, which are spread or "distributed" over time and space. Some kinds of learning occur in company with others, present in the flesh or through their words; other learning happens when one is alone with one's thoughts and materials, even in a crowd. And all learning occurs by means of various technologies (pens, blackboards, books, classrooms). Second, the events happened in 1997 – a very long time in computerised education! – although similar stories of opportunities and challenges created today or tomorrow.

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ID Code: 14637
Item Type: Book Chapter
Additional Information: For more information about this book please refer to the publisher's website (see link) or contact the author.
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ISBN: 9780415268097
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Educational Technology and Computing (130306)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2002 Routledge/Falmer
Deposited On: 02 Sep 2008 00:00
Last Modified: 03 Mar 2011 05:37

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