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New and Changing Actors in Teaching and Learning with Virtual Learning Environments: Insights from Actor Network Theory PROCEEDINGS

, , Oslo University College, Norway

World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education, in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-60-0 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA

Abstract

This article carries out a relatively focused analysis of a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) in an institution of Higher Education from an Actor Network Theory perspective. Such a perspective can help uncover the complex processes that come into play when a VLE is introduced in an organisation, as pedagogical goals, administrative procedures and technological artefacts are interwoven in a heterogeneous web or 'network'. The article identifies new actors that emerge in the traditional teacher-student, teacher-teacher and student-student relationships as a result of the presence and active usage of the VLE. It also describes how already existing actors may change roles or status in connection with VLE use.

Citation

Habib, L. & Johannesen, M. (2006). New and Changing Actors in Teaching and Learning with Virtual Learning Environments: Insights from Actor Network Theory. In T. Reeves & S. Yamashita (Eds.), Proceedings of World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education 2006 (pp. 1628-1635). Chesapeake, VA: AACE.

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