Challenges with Knowledge Construction in an E-learning Environment

Challenges with Knowledge Construction in an E-learning Environment

Bolanle A. Olaniran (Texas Tech University, USA), Oladayo Olaniran (Federal University of Technology Akure, Nigeria) and David Edgell (Texas Tech University, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-61520-937-8.ch009
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Knowledge construction, or new knowledge creation, is believed to be a way to allow learners to gain an in-depth knowledge and a greater control over the materials they are learning. E-learning technology platforms, that facilitate e-collaboration among learners, represent a way to foster knowledge construction. This chapter however, explores challenges facing knowledge construction especially when looking at “Culture” and how it affects two different learning philosophies or paradigms. This chapter elucidates some of the challenges and offers a new direction for accommodating different learners’ needs.
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The goal in this paper is to explain how knowledge construction (KC) occurs within the context of e-learning and to present some cultural challenges facing KC in e-learning. To achieve this goal, the chapter will discuss the learning paradigms (i.e., objectivist and constructivist) guiding KC in an e-learning environment. The chapter will then explore the role of culture in knowledge construction and e-learning and especially the challenges it poses to KC and collaboration in e-learning. The blog will be used as an example.

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