Philosophy of Web-Based Mediation

Philosophy of Web-Based Mediation

Olli Mäkinen (University of Vaasa, Finland)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-970-0.ch030
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Abstract

This chapter deals with the influence of mediation in different kinds of virtual environments, e.g. virtual conferences, e-learning platforms, distance learning environments and surroundings, Internet Relay Chat (IRC), and various other user interfaces. Mediation is a means in which messages, discussion and behaviour are becoming more and more conceptual and abstract and have an effect on our social being. As a result of mediation there is no first-hand experience of reality, everything is constructed, and in virtual reality we have receded a long way off from real life. Mediation affects our capability to make independent ethical decisions. The same process is discerned in all the social and commercial practice where it is rationalized by processing techniques or when it is made virtual. Here mediation is studied from a phenomenological perspective. Quantification, modelling and regulation also describe aspects of mediation. This chapter is a review article and an opening in mediational ethics based on classical philosophy.

Key Terms in this Chapter

Mediation: A means in which messages, discussion and behaviour are becoming more and more conceptual and abstract and have an effect on our social being.

Digital Divide: The term refers to the gap between those with regular, effective access to Digital and information technology, and those without this access. It encompasses both physical access to technology hardware and, more broadly, skills and resources which allow for its use.

Virtual Reality: A notional image or environment generated by computer software, with which a user can interact realistically.

Virtual: Something made by software to appear to be real from the point of view of the program or the user.

Phenomenology: A method or procedure, originally developed by the German philosopher Edmund Husserl (1859-1938), which involves the setting aside of presuppositions about a phenomenon as an empirical object and about the mental acts concerned with experiencing it, in order to achieve an intuition of its pure essence.

Cyberethics: The term refers to a code of safe and responsible behaviour for the Internet community. Practicing good cyberethics involves understanding the risks of harmful and illegal behaviour online and learning how to protect ourselves, and other Internet users, from such behaviour.

E-Learning: Learning conducted via electronic media, esp. on the Internet.

Ethics: The science of morals; the department of study concerned with the principles of human duty.

Frame: A set of standards, beliefs, or assumptions governing perceptual or logical evaluation or social behaviour.

E-Society: Virtual environments in the Internet: e.g. e-commerce, e-business and e-government.

Distance Learning: Education in which contact between students and teacher is principally by correspondence or broadcast programmes, rather than face to face.

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Table of Contents
Foreword
Thomas Hansson
Preface
Thomas Hansson
Acknowledgment
Thomas Hansson
Chapter 1
Abdul Azad
This chapter presents the development of a modular Internet-based laboratory facility using cutting edge technologies along with its implementation... Sample PDF
The Modular Design of an Internet-Based Laboratory
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Chapter 2
Carl Bagley
This chapter draws on the analysis and (re)presentation of qualitative research undertaken on a UK government project known as Sure Start, an... Sample PDF
Exploring Multimedia Performance in Educational Research
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Chapter 3
Mads Bo-Kristensen, Bente Meyer
This chapter focuses on the relationship between remediation and educational innovation in Information and Communications Technology- (ICT)... Sample PDF
Transformations of the Language Laboratory
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Chapter 4
Leena Hiltunen, Tommi Kärkkäinen
A topic-case driven methodology for a web course design and realization process is based on software engineering metaphors for capturing the... Sample PDF
A Topic-Case Driven Methodology for Web Course Design
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Chapter 5
Hamish Holewa
The chapter aims to document the challenges associated with the management of an international research program and to look at innovative... Sample PDF
New Paradigms: A Collaborative Web Based Research Tool
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Jonas Ivarsson, Göran Karlsson
The overall aim of this chapter is to explore some of the pedagogical potentials, as well as limitations, of animations displaying complex... Sample PDF
Animations in Science Education
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Andrew Kitchenham
This chapter outlines a recent study on 1:1 computing and teacher transformation. It begins with an introduction to the theoretical framework of... Sample PDF
One to One Computing and Teacher Transformation
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Chapter 8
Gennadiy Kuleshov
The use of web enhanced curriculum to teach and reinforce science concepts based on specific learning objectives has been a positive experience for... Sample PDF
Web Enhanced vs. Traditional Approach for a Science Course
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José Luis Lalueza, Isabel Crespo, Marc Bria
Through a case study, we will exemplify how ICT can be used in a collaborative way to constitute the foundations of intercultural projects in local... Sample PDF
Microcultures, Local Communities, and Virtual Networks
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Chapter 10
Monica E. Nilsson
The aim of this chapter is to discuss digital storytelling in the context of education. Two questions guide the study: What is a digital story? What... Sample PDF
Digital Storytelling as a Tool in Education
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Nancy Sardone, Roberta Devlin-Scherer
Today’s middle school students represent a generation growing up where digital tools abound and where using them for home and school is the norm.... Sample PDF
Multi-User Virtual Learning Environments in Education
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Chapter 12
Anne Bartlett-Bragg
This chapter proposes that social software can enable informal learning environments through collective learning networks and the fundamental social... Sample PDF
Pedagogical Practice for Learning with Social Software
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Josianne Basque, Kim Dao, Julien Contamines
The goal of this chapter is to illustrate how the concept of authentic learning can be implemented in a web-based distance course. We present a... Sample PDF
Authentic E-Learning in a Virtual Scientific Conference
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Albino Claudio Bosio, Guendaline Graffigna, Edoardo Lozza
Starting from a review of current dominant points of view about online focus groups, the authors outline the results of a research project in which... Sample PDF
Toward Theory and Technique for Online Focus Groups
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Robert Dixon, Kathyrn Dixon
A longitudinal study of students in the Training and Development program at Curtin University of Technology has been undertaken in an attempt to... Sample PDF
Online Pedagogical Effectiveness in Adult Contexts
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Leah Herner-Patnode, Hea-Jin Lee, Eun-ok Baek
The number of learning opportunities that are technology mediated (E-learning) is increasing as institutions of higher learning discover the value... Sample PDF
Reflective E-Learning Pedagogy
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Louise Limberg, Mikael Alexandersson, Annika Lantz-Andersson
The purpose of this chapter is to present and discuss findings from a study of students’ information seeking and use for a learning assignment. The... Sample PDF
To be Lost and to be a Loser Through the Web
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Chapter 18
Heather Lotherington
Contemporary conceptualizations of literacy as socially and culturally situated practice must be framed in our digitally-mediated, glocalized... Sample PDF
Digital Epistemologies and Classroom Multiliteracies
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John Paul Loucky
This chapter integrates important challenges of how to improve accessibility, readability and learnability of online content. It is concerned with... Sample PDF
Improving Online Readability and Information Literacy
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Anoush Margaryan, Betty Collis
This paper focuses on tools and strategies to integrate the strengths of formal and informal learning in the corporate context via the use of... Sample PDF
Technology-Enhanced Learning in the Corporate Context
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Robert J. McClelland
This work is concerned with the evolution of blended learning supports for university students in moving from early Virtual Learning Environment... Sample PDF
Virtual Learning Environment Blends
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Kathryn Moyle, Robert Fitzgerald
An emerging trend in education research methods is to integrate digital technologies into the research process. Electronic focus groups represent... Sample PDF
Education Research with Electronic Focus Groups
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Staffan Selander, Anna Åkerfeldt
School pedagogy is being questioned. Increasing migration as well as increasing access to information and new patterns of communication are... Sample PDF
Learning and Meaning Making in the Virtual Space
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Chapter 24
Thomas Hansson
Research into human behaviour have produced much innovative modelling, some respectable instrumentation, but little empirical theory-testing. This... Sample PDF
Communication and Relation Building in Social Systems
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Agnes Kukulska-Hulme
Advancements in technology are a significant driving force in educational innovation, but a strong focus on technology means that human aspects and... Sample PDF
Human Factors and Innovation with Mobile Devices
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Chapter 26
Irit Kupferberg
This chapter presents and illustrates the theoretical and methodological frameworks of a discourse-oriented approach to the study of... Sample PDF
Self-Construction in Computer Mediated Discourse
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Jeanette Lemmergaard, Damien Brigth, Christopher Gersbo-Møller, Tim Hansson
Through a case study based on a knowledge-sharing community of Danish plant growers, this chapter examines how an IT system can be designed to... Sample PDF
Design and Implementation of Trust Enabling Functions
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Steve McRobb, Pat Jefferies, Bernd Carsten Stahl
In this chapter, a framework which models at a high level the interactions between technology, pedagogy and ethics is applied to the interpretation... Sample PDF
Lost in the Funhouse, is Anyone in Control?
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Chapter 29
Konrad Morgan, Madeleine Morgan
Since the inception of the Internet in the late 1960´s, technological advances in the field of Information Communications Technology (ICT) have... Sample PDF
Ethical Issues in Digital Information Technology
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Chapter 30
Olli Mäkinen
This chapter deals with the influence of mediation in different kinds of virtual environments, e.g. virtual conferences, e-learning platforms... Sample PDF
Philosophy of Web-Based Mediation
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Lars-Erik Nilsson, Anders Eklöf, Torgny Ottoson
The purpose of this chapter is to illustrate how access to information through the implementation of digital information and communication... Sample PDF
Unstructured Information as a Socio-Technical Dilemma
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Anders D. Olofsson, Ola J. Lindberg
The importance of incorporating an ethical perspective in the development of digital competence is discussed. It is argued that an ethical... Sample PDF
An Ethical Perspective on ICT in the Context of the Other
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Chapter 33
John Traxler
The increasing diversity, availability and functionality of mobile and wireless technologies over the last four or five years has accelerated the... Sample PDF
Mobile Learning in a Social, Ethical, and Legal Environment
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