Pushing boundaries: why e-learning is not like p-learning

ID: 47619 Type: Full Paper
  1. Jon Dron, Athabasca University, Canada

Wednesday, October 21 4:30 PM-5:00 PM Location: Lehua III View on map

Presider: Diana Andone, Politehnica University Timisoara, Romania

Abstract: The activities of face-to-face learners sit neatly within well-defined boundaries: classroom walls, timetabled periods, well understood implicit and explicit rules of behaviour and social segregation into well-organized groups. As a result, a wide range of teaching methods has evolved that are fitted to those boundaries. For most online learners, boundaries are more fluid, open, permeable and fuzzy. Simply transferring pedagogies of bounded spaces to an online setting therefore rarely works well. This paper is an exploration of the boundaries that can and do exist in both physical learning (p-learning) and in online learning (e-learning), and the implications of the removal of physical boundaries to online pedagogies. Some broad comparisons are made, and an argument that e-learning pedagogies should be divorced from their physical origins is presented.

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