The why dimension - opening frontiers for digital learning

Mason, Jonathan Charles (2014) The why dimension - opening frontiers for digital learning. PhD by Publication, Queensland University of Technology.


Digital learning has come a long way from the days of simple 'if-then' queries. It is now enabled by countless innovations that support knowledge sharing, openness, flexibility, and independent inquiry. Set against an evolutionary context this study investigated innovations that directly support human inquiry. Specifically, it identified five activities that together are defined as the 'why dimension' – asking, learning, understanding, knowing, and explaining why. Findings highlight deficiencies in mainstream search-based approaches to inquiry, which tend to privilege the retrieval of information as distinct from explanation. Instrumental to sense-making, the 'why dimension' provides a conceptual framework for development of 'sense-making technologies'.

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ID Code: 70093
Item Type: QUT Thesis (PhD by Publication)
Supervisor: Pillay, Hitendra & Bruce, Christine
Keywords: digital learning, sense-making, why-questioning, why dimension, reflective practice, dialogic inquiry, scaffolding, cognitive engagement, semantics, inquiry-based learning
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Deposited On: 19 May 2014 01:27
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2015 06:17

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