Intelligent Learning Environments: Motives, Strategies and Learning Agency

Pillay, Hitendra K., Clarke, John A., & Taylor, Peter G. (2004) Intelligent Learning Environments: Motives, Strategies and Learning Agency. In Searle, Jean, McCavanagh, Charlie, & Roebuck, Richard (Eds.) 12th Annual National Conference on Post-Compulsory Education & Training. Doing Thinking Activity Learning, December, 2004, Brisbane, Australia.


Most assumptions underpinning research and practice related to learning environments have emerged from models derived from the discipline of psychology. However, as we learn more about human learning, the competencies required to successfully engage with a contingent and dynamic learning culture, the nature of knowledge and the influence of the cultural background of learners, the need for alternative models for conceptualising learning environments, emerges. While early research on learning environments has furthered our general understanding of individual’s affective and cognitive needs and provided coherent models that can be adapted for teaching, it is insufficient to explain the dynamic and temporal nature of learning culture which incorporates both the socio-cultural and contextual aspects of human learning and the pragmatic action necessary to engage with sustained and diverse learning approaches. This paper challenges the current ‘best practice’ approach to understanding learning interactivity and engagement in new and complex learning environments by theorising on the interactive nature of individuals’ motives and strategies with the learning agency and ‘intelligence’ inherent in the learning environment. The speculations are supported by data collected in a 3-year longitudinal study of learning in a complex tertiary environment.

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ID Code: 9737
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: information and communication technologies (ICT), face to face learning, distance learning, online learning, hybrid learning, student engagement
ISBN: 1875378545
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Educational Technology and Computing (130306)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2004 Australian Academic Press
Deposited On: 26 Sep 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:05

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