Distributed Learning Environments and Social Software: In Search for a Framework of Design

Distributed Learning Environments and Social Software: In Search for a Framework of Design

Sebastian Fiedler (Zentrum für Sozial Innovation – Centre for Social Innovation, Austria) and Kai Pata (Center of Educational Technology, Tallinn University, Estonia)
Copyright: © 2010 |Pages: 14
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-984-7.ch028
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Abstract

This chapter discusses how the construction of an adequate design and intervention framework for distributed learning environments might be approached. It proposes that activity theory has some interesting concepts and perspectives to offer in this regard. In addition, it discusses the concept of affordance, understood as perceived possibilities for action, and its potential consequences for learning environment design. Furthermore, some current technical and conceptual challenges for the implementation and maintenance of distributed learning environments are addressed. The authors consider their text as a proposal for a necessary reorientation and a call for contributions to the search for an adequate design and intervention framework for distributed learning environments.

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