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Volume 7 Issue 2 / Jun 2009  pp85‑190

Editor: Shirley Williams

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Mobile City and Language Guides — New Links Between Formal and Informal Learning Environments  pp85‑92

Mads Bo-Kristensen, Niels Ole Ankerstjerne, Chresteria Neutzsky-Wulff, Herluf Schelde

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Some Factors to Consider When Designing Semi‑Autonomous Learning Environments  pp93‑100

Paul Bouchard

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Abstract

This research aims to answer the question, "in what ways do mediated learning environments support or hinder learner autonomy?" Learner autonomy has been identified as one important factor in the success of mediated learning environments. The central aspect of learner autonomy is the control that the learner exercises over the various aspects of learning, beginning with the decision to learn or not to learn. But as Candy (1995) points out, there are several areas where learner‑control can be exercised. The first are the motivational‑intentional forces that drive the learner to apply some determination (or "vigour") to the act of learning. They are the conative functions of learning and include learner intiative, motivation and personal involvement. They are often associated with life goals that are independent of the actual learning goals pursued within the strict confines of the learning environment (Long, 1994). The second area of learner‑control is the one comprising the "nuts‑and‑bolts" of the act of learning, such as defining learning goals, deciding on a learning sequence, choosing a workable pacing of learning activities, and selecting learning resources (Hrimech & Bouchard, 1998). These are the algorithmic aspects of learning, and in traditional schooling, they are the sole responsibility of the teacher. In mediated learning environments, it can be shared between the platform and the actual learner. Just a few years ago, learner control was necessarily limited to these two sets of features, conative and algorithmic. Today however, with the proliferation of educational offerings in both the private and public sector, as well as the developments in educational technology, two other aspects of the learning environment emerge as important areas where learner‑control can be exercised. The semiotic dimension of learner‑control includes the symbolic platforms used to convey information and meaning, for example web "pages", hypertext, videoaudio multimedia, animation, each of these bringing with them their own specific set of possibilities and limitations for autonomy in learning. And then again, all learning environments exist in their own distinct economic sphere where decisions about whether, what and how to learn are made on the basis of cost‑benefit, opportunity cost, and extrinsic market value. We will examine the implications of each of these areas of learner‑control, and share our analysis of a series of interviews with cyber‑learners, based on this framework of conative, algorithmic, semiotic and economic factors. 

 

Keywords: self-directed learning, learner autonomy, educational policy, international development self-directed learning, learner autonomy, educational policy, international development

 

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Game Inspired Tool Support for e‑Learning Processes  pp101‑110

Marie-Thérèse Charles, David Bustard, Michaela Black

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Web 2.0‑Mediated Competence — Implicit Educational Demands on Learners  pp111‑118

Nina Bonderup Dohn

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Listening to the Learners' Voices in HE: how do Students Reflect on their use of Technology for Learning?  pp119‑126

Amanda Jefferies, Ruth Hyde

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Learning Objects and Virtual Learning Environments Technical Evaluation Criteria  pp127‑136

Eugenijus Kurilovas, Valentina Dagiene

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The Enhancement of Reusability of Course Content and Scenarios in Unified e‑Learning Environment for Schools  pp137‑146

Virginija Limanauskiene, Vytautas Stuikys

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Strategies for Embedding e‑Learning in Traditional Universities: Drivers and Barriers  pp147‑154

Kay MacKeogh, Seamus Fox

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The Identification of Key Issues in the Development of Sustainable e‑Learning and Virtual Campus Initiatives  pp155‑164

Mark Stansfield, Thomas Connolly, Antonio Cartelli, Athanassios Jimoyiannis, Hugo Magalhães, Katherine Maillet

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Adoption of Web 2.0 Technologies in Education for Health Professionals in the UK: Where are we and why?  pp165‑172

Rod Ward, Pam Moule, Lesley Lockyer

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How Reproducible Research Leads to Non‑Rote Learning Within Socially Constructivist Statistics Education  pp173‑182

Patrick Wessa

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The Implications of SCORM Conformance for Workplace e‑Learning  pp183‑190

Gabrielle Witthaus

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