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Understanding trouble in Paradise: intuitive natives and screaming aliens

Doherty, Catherine A. (2005) Understanding trouble in Paradise: intuitive natives and screaming aliens. In OLT2005 Conference – ‘Beyond Delivery’, 27 September 2005, QUT, Brisbane, Australia.

Abstract

This paper draws from an ethnographic study of an online MBA unit offered by an Australian university to an internationalised student group, and focuses on the eruption of interactive troubles around issues of technological functionality (as opposed to its malfunctioning). Drawing on Wertheim’s (1999) theorisation of cyberspace as a construction of utopian dreaming, Burbules and Callister’s (2000) distinction between designed space and populated place, and Green & Bigum’s (1993) description of aliens and natives in the classroom, particular incidents of trouble surrounding presumptive designs of functionality are analysed. The paper warns against the pedagogical ‘presumption of competence’ given its inevitable flipside of ‘critical illiteracy’, then argues for more research that goes looking for trouble and acknowledges the dystopian aspects of technophilic dreaming.

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ID Code: 2232
Item Type: Conference Paper
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Keywords: online learning, metaphors, literacy
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 > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIOLOGY (160800) > Sociology of Education (160809)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2005 (please consult author)
Deposited On: 17 Oct 2005
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 22:27

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